I am not a fan of waiting in the doctor’s office and admittedly have to be on my death-bed before I’ll pick up the phone to make an actual in-office appointment. I’m sure my mother is shaking her head reading this, but it’s just one of those things I dread going through. Normally I hop on my laptop, pull up WebMD and start typing in my symptoms. Call me nuts, but using their symptom checker alone helps me make a better decision when it comes to my personal healthcare and what I should do next. My love for the WebMD website is what led me to their iOS app, and now I can have the best of their website at my fingertips wherever I am.
- Helpful key tour for features and easy navigation
- WebMD symptom checker
- Find medical related information on specific conditions
- Extensive drugs and treatment database
- Pill identification tool
- First aid essentials
- Local health listings
- Create customized lists of drugs, conditions, and articles
- Review saved information anytime
- Get directions to closest health care facility or physician
- Share articles with contacts via email
- Add health care professionals to your iOS contacts
- Search function in app opens up web browser and directs you to desktop site of WebMD
- No offline support
- Symptom Checker: You see an anatomical picture of a human body which you can tap on the body part to start typing in your symptoms. To select the back of the body you can tap on the “flip” button or you can shake your device to flip the body. You also have the option to manually look up symptoms without the aid of the human body visual by tapping on the list option and using the app’s extensive drop-down list of symptoms. After you’ve added your symptoms you tap on “view possible conditions” to see a list of conditions that match your combination of symptoms.
- Conditions: Each condition has three tabs to help you learn more about it. You will see an overview of the condition, symptoms, and relevant articles from WebMD. Tapping on a link will keep you within the WebMD app.
- Drugs & Treatments: Here you can search for drugs and results appear as you begin typing. You can also jump to a specific portion of the search results with the app’s A-Z navigation. You can save or send drug/treatment information to your account or email it to a friend. To learn more about a specific drug simply tap on the various information options after you’ve selected a specific drug. There is also an image option where you can view different drug images.
- First Aid: Here you can search for First Aid topics. You can view a list of common emergency situations and more importantly information on what to do in those situations.
- Local Health Listings: Here you can search for local health listings by using your GPS location or a location entered in manually. You can view results in a map and get one tap directions. You can also add a specific health care professional to your contacts by tapping on the “add to contacts” button.
WebMD is available for free in the iTunes Store. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later. iTunes Link
This is part of our iOS App of the Day series. We take our favorite app for iOS for each day and post it here for you to check out. Feel free to check out all of our App of the Day posts here.