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There's an app for that: Health care apps can cut down on medical errors

Chances are, you have a smart phone. While most of us use it to text, talk and play games, our smart phones can also help keep us safe if we download and use health care apps.

By having your medical information literally in the palm of your hand, you can work as a team with your doctor to cut your risk for medical errors. Health care apps can be simple or complex and depending on your age and condition, can help you manage your well-being, medication and more.

Here is a list of some useful health care apps to try. Don’t forget to ask your doctor which apps he or she recommends – or uses!


For diabetics, the right health care app can make your life easier. There are apps that can track your blood sugar, glucose and more like Blue Loop, Diabetes In Check, mySugr and Diabetes tracker. Some can also track your meals, helping you keep your diet in check.

Heart Health

If you have heart disease, keeping up with your medication and other issues can be a big job. If you have a family history of heart health, you might be interested in learning more about how to prevent issues down the road. Don’t worry, there are apps for that! The Cardiio app helps you measure your heart rate and more. It also has a 7-minute workout!

The ASCVD Risk Estimator app is from the American Heart Association AND the American College of Cardiology and is aimed at helping folks identify if they are at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Medication Tracking

If you or a loved one takes several medications daily, it can be tough to keep on top of things. However, it is crucial to know that all medications are being properly and promptly taken – and in an emergency situation or sudden illness, your doctor needs to know the drugs you are currently on. Medisafe is a great app to keep track of all of that and it will give you reminders to take your meds.

First Aid

Let’s face it: Accidents happen. If you download the American Red Cross First Aid app, you’ll always be prepared. This app has easy-to-follow instructions and other tips. There are also details about natural disasters. Best of all? You don’t need Wi-Fi or cell service to use it because it is all pre-loaded onto the app.

Schottenstein Law Offices

The legal experts at Schottenstein Law Offices want to make sure your family is safe and healthy. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a medical mistake, call us at (614) 467-8474!