Apple's top 22 patient-facing personal care apps

By Jonah Comstock
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Apple periodically features groups of apps in its app store for particular use cases and audiences. Under “Apps for Patients” in its Medical section, the company highlights these 24 personal care apps, which range from well known apps like WebMD and Mayo Clinic to some more under-the-radar options. Some apps apply to people living with particular conditions, while others provide lifestyle help for anyone. Read on for Apple’s 22 picks for personal care apps.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic’s app is not just for Mayo Clinic patients, though it has more features for patients. It also offers educational content such as fitness videos, recipes, and wellness tips. Mayo Clinic patients can also get access to test results and radiology images and can even sync the app up with their Apple Watch to get appointment reminders on the wrist.

Pacifica - Anxiety, Stress, & Depression relief

Pacifica is an app that promises to help users cope with stress, anxiety, and depression using tools based on cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation. The app offers audio tools for relaxation, tracking tools to track your health, mood, and even thought patterns. The app is free, but a premium version is available for $5.99 per month.

AskMD

Sharecare’s AskMD is the digital health company’s flagship app and includes a variety of features to help users manage their health. The centerpiece is a symptom checker, but that is paired with a recommendation engine for doctors that takes into account location, insurance and specialty. Users can also use the app to track and organize their health information.

Simple Contacts 

This app, which is registered with the FDA, provides a digital eye exam for renewing contact lens prescriptions. The test, which is then reviewed by an ophthalmologist, is just designed to demonstrate whether the user’s current lenses are working, not to generate a new prescription if they aren’t. If the user can see, they can then choose and order lenses from within the app.

Iodine

Founded a few years ago by former Wired editor Thomas Goetz, Iodine helps patients learn more about their prescription drugs by facilitating information sharing. People can post about their experiences with the efficacy and side effects of different drugs, and they can search drugs and learn about them — both from others and from professional pharmacists.