6 of the Best Apps for Chronic Illness Management


Managing a chronic illness can be difficult. There are many different medications to take (often at different times), appointments to remember, symptoms to keep track of, and lots of information to absorb. Thankfully, living in a digital age means that there are numerous mobile apps that can help you manage your chronic illness.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best mobile apps for managing your chronic illness:

Medisafe is an app that helps patients manage medications. It helps with dosage and reminds you when you need to take your meds, increasing adherence rates. The information can also be shared with your healthcare team and pharmacy.

Pain Diary works for anyone with a chronic illness. It allows patients to chart and score pain as well as record and track other symptoms of the disease such as fatigue and mood swings. This app also has a feature where patients can connect with others living with the same chronic illness and swap best practices.

ZocDoc is a handy app if you’ve recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, since one of the first things you’ll need to do is find a doctor to treat you. ZocDoc allows you to search for local specialist doctors who are approved by your insurance company. The app will even tell you when the doctor is available to see you.

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My Medical Info is an app that stores all your relevant health history and insurance details. This makes filling out those endless forms a little less challenging, since you won’t have to rely on your memory for all the details. The app will also allow you to program in doctors’ appointments and all the medications you’re taking.

Fooducate helps you keep track of your diet and make healthy choices. Eating well is an integral part of managing any chronic illness and this app will help you to eat the right foods and get you to a healthy body weight. You can program in how many calories you want to consume a day and then add in the food choices you make, the app will work out the nutritional values of everything you eat and tell you how many calories you’ve consumed. It also works in conjunction with many fitness apps to add in details of any physical activities and calories burned.

Sleep Cycle helps you get the best out of your sleep. The app analyzes how much sleep and the quality of sleep you get each night and you can also have the alarm set to wake you when you’re in your lightest sleep, leaving you feeling less groggy and more refreshed each day.

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  1. Check out our latest release. http://progressrecorderapp.com

    Progress Recorder caters for movement disorders such as: Head Trauma, Stroke, Parkinson’s, Ataxia, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, Huntington’s, Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Myoclonus, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Rett Syndrome, Secondary Parkinsonism, Spasticity, Tardive Dyskinesia (TD), Wilson’s Disease and much more.

    A patient has good days and bad days … good weeks and bad weeks. Supplements, diet, medication, exercise regime, sleep patterns and stress levels all change on a day to day basis – with no way of recording or tracking their progress.

    Our solution is an app that records quantitative data based on hand coordination. The patient can record their progress by drawing a spiral on the iPad or a squiggle on the iPhone using either their finger or a stylus, trying their best to stay within the path and maintain a smooth, consistent movement.

    The next step is a tap test where it records their ‘slowness’ by tapping an alternating blue dot as many times as they can in 15 seconds. People who suffer from Parkinson’s will find that the last 10 seconds will get slower and slower.

    They then have the option to add notes – anything they feel relevant to their current symptoms – diet, medication, sleep and so on.

    Their accuracy and speed is then recorded and graphed to visualise their progress. There is a gallery view where they can analyse the drawings on a day to day and week to week basis, this represents patterns where they can identify possible reasons for the fluctuation of symptoms. Each drawing has a details panel that specifies the test results, daily steps, daily distance, medication, supplements, diet, sleep patterns and stress levels. This information can then be shared with their specialist.


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