This week, I’ve been playing with the WebMD app. It’s not a new app, but it is very useful. As you can tell by the name, the app provides medical information. I found the app very helpful and easy to use. It’s full of great information. The app is free. However, it’s ad supported. But for the most part, I didn’t really notice the ads. The WebMD app is compatible with the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (requires iOS 3.0 or later). I tested the app on my iPod touch, but you’re better off installing the app on an iPad or iPhone because you need Internet access for most of the features.
WebMD App Features
This feature gives you information about your symptoms. Just tap on the area of the body figure that is troubling you. The app then provides you with a list of symptoms. Select your symptom from the list. The app then presents you with information about your condition. Hint: to select an area on the back of the body, click on the Flip icon. I made the mistake of flipping my iPod, which didn’t flip the body in the app. Silly me. You can also tap on the list view instead of the body view. That might actually be faster.
In this feature, you find information about various conditions. Some of the conditions I looked at were allergic reaction, dehydration, food poisoning, and hives. The list of conditions is fairly extensive. Some of the information provided include causes, treatments, and symptoms.
Drugs and Treatments
I love this feature of the app. I used this feature to look up information about prescription drugs in the house. Over time, I forgot what some of the pills were for. The app includes a description of the drug, side effects, precautions, interactions with other products, and symptoms of overdose. I didn’t use this feature, but the app also includes a pill identification tool. You can try to ID an unknown pill based on the shape, color, and imprint.
First Aid Essentials
First aid is another feature I love about the app. This features provide information for various medical problems. With the app, I’m essentially carrying a first aid book. And I can even use the first aid feature without Internet connection.
Local Health Listings
This feature finds the physician, hospital, and pharmacy closest to you. Unfortunately, the app couldn’t determine my current location and I had to manually enter my zip code. But once I entered my zip code, the app presented me with a list of three hospitals nearby. Hopefully, the location problem is just a glitch with my iPod touch. Otherwise, this feature would be useless because many people don’t know the zip code they are at when they are not at home. Note: you can enter city and state instead of zip, but the search result is less accurate. For instance, when I entered Portland Oregon, the app presented three hospitals on the other side of town.
I didn’t use this feature because it requires signing up for a WebMD account. If you don’t mind signing up for an account, the personalization feature will let you create custom lists of drugs, conditions, and articles; save custom lists securely; and review your saved information anytime and anywhere you have an Internet connection.