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The 10 Best iOS Health and Medical Apps

Health and Medical AppsTrying to find the best apps on the iTunes store can be extremely challenging. You can search, sort by category and list by most popular, but unless you know exactly what you are searching for, none of these filters does a very good job of surfacing the absolute best apps.

Although “best” is debatable, most people know when they are looking at an app that it is truly head and shoulders above the rest. For example, when you’re looking at an app, and it has thousands of 5 star reviews, very few 1 star reviews, and the negative reviews are typically related to personal experiences that probably don’t apply to most other people, it’s probably a very good app. Also, these apps are regularly updated and either free or fairly priced. Finally, these apps either have an abundance of features or simply do a small number of things extremely well.

The apps included in this list are from the iOS store’s “medical” or “health and fitness” categories, but it excludes fitness only apps, because that deserves its own category. Women’s health and pregnancy apps have a disproportionate share of this list, simply because there are more good apps in this category than the rest. However, with only a few exceptions that were basically unavoidable, the list includes only one app in each of the medical and healthcare areas that currently offer great apps.

Without further ado, here is the list (in no particular order):

  1. Baby Connect- Activity Logger (details & reviews)
  2. Pregnancy & Baby- What to Expect (details & reviews)
  3. Ovia Pregnancy Tracker and Baby Calendar (details & reviews)
  4. Eve by Glow- Sex, PMS & Period Tracker, Women’s Health App (details & reviews)
  5. GoodRx- Prescription Drug Prices, Coupons and Pill Identifier (details & reviews)
  6. Insight Timer- Meditation Timer (details & reviews)
  7. Sleep Cycle alarm clock(details & reviews)
  8. Instant Heart Rate- Heart Rate Monitor Free (details & reviews)
  9. WebMD – Trusted Health and Wellness Information (details & reviews)
  10. Smoke Free – Quit smoking now and stop for good (details & reviews)

1) Baby Connect- Activity Logger

  • Cost: $4.99Baby Connect
  • Download Link
  • Company’s Description of The App:
    • Baby Connect is the most comprehensive baby tracking application on the AppStore. It has graphical reports and trending charts, weekly averages, medicine, vaccine and growth tracking, timers, notifications, emails, .csv export, an easy to use interface, unlimited data, and it is the only application that allows you to exchange information in real time with your spouse, babysitter, nanny or daycare.
  • Feature Highlights:
    • Easily track feeding (bottle, nursing, solid food), diapers, sleep, activities, mood, milestones
    • Track sleep, BMs & wet diapers, feeding, pumping, nursing, medicine, weight,, height, head size, activities and more
    • Automatically synchronize data between accounts over the Internet
    • Display all entries on a graphical Timeline view.
    • Enter free-form notes
    • Upload child photo, indicate birthday, blood type and allergies
    • Track as many babies as you like, setup as many parents and caregivers as you like
    • Existing built-in descriptions can be customized, new descriptions can be added
    • Setup Push notifications
    • Send your gps location, display the location on a map
  • In-App Purchases:
    • $8.99/ month for Premium: Nannies, Small Home Daycares
    • $44.99/ month for Professional: Child Care Centers, Large Home Daycares
    • $89.99/ month for Enterprise: Business owners operating more than one Child Care Center
  • Current version rating: 5 stars, 124 reviews
    • 5 star reviews: 114
    • 4 star reviews: 8
    • 3 star reviews: 3
    • 2 star reviews: 0
    • 1 star reviews: 0
  • All time rating: 4.5 stars, 3,257 reviews
    • 5 star reviews: 2,733
    • 4 star reviews: 314
    • 3 star reviews: 79
    • 2 star reviews: 48
    • 1 star reviews: 83
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • Aug 2, 2016: 5 star- Loves app and requested a few more specific features
    • July 30, 2016: 5 star- Highly recommends app; easy to use and share info with phone
    • July 29, 2016: 5 star- First time parent says app is “hands down the best.” Likes being able to sync between users. Gave update that they are now on baby #3 and it is still their go to baby app.
    • July 25, 2016: 5 star- Been using the app for four years with two daughters; tracks feedings and medicine; recommends to friends with kids
    • July 22, 2016: 5 star- Recommends for all new parents; awesome for keeping up with almost everything
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • June 28, 2016: 3 star- Diaper tracking is not accurate
    • June 23, 2016: 3 star- “It’s an ugly app but we live by it.”
    • June 10, 2016: 3 star- Loves the app, but is upset that people have to pay separately for the iPhone and iPad versions rather than having one comprehensive app that works on both.
  • Most common complaints:
    • No common complaints. Most people mention a desire for various specific features.

2) Pregnancy & Baby- What to Expect

  • Cost: FreeWhat to Expect
  • Download Link
  • Description: From the world’s most trusted pregnancy brand “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” our universal pregnancy and baby app for iPhone and iPad guides you through pregnancy day-by-day and week-by-week (even hour-by-hour!). Based on your due date, you’ll receive personalized content, the latest parenting news and health information, and access to a tight-knit community of other parents and moms-to-be like you. You’ll get brand new tools and support to help you prepare and feel in control every step of the way — helping you achieve a happy, healthy pregnancy. Once baby is born, you’ll get answers, advice and guidance as you navigate life as a new parent.
  • Features:
    • Personalized daily tracker shows your week and day of pregnancy, baby’s development measured in fruit sizes, and a countdown to your due date.
    • Emotional support in a personalized, daily feed with fresh curated content including pregnancy tips, reasons to smile every day, health news and passionate stories from real parents.
    • Beautiful, clear and informative week-by-week development info, helping you understand your changing body and the latest on baby’s development through each stage.
    • America’s favorite week-by-week pregnancy videos help you understand your changing body and the latest on baby’s development through each stage.
      Community photo sharing lets you connect with other moms in a whole new way — sharing photos, stories and advice in real-time, and arranging meet-ups with moms like you.
    • Find the right group for you based on your birth month, location, interest, medical condition, parenting style and more!
  • In-App Purchases: None
  • Current version rating: 5 stars, 337 ratings
    • 5 star: 309
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
  • All time rating: 4.5 stars, 68,321 ratings
    • 5 star: 44,042
    • 4 star: 14,609
    • 3 star: 4,830
    • 2 star: 1,841
    • 1 star: 2,999
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • August 4, 2016: 5 stars- “Great app”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 stars- “The description is accurate, so the suggestion is very useful”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 stars- “Most used pregnancy app! Love the weekly videos, talking on the community, all the information provided. Hands down, best pregnancy app!”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 stars- “I absolutely love this app, I use it everyday & this is my first pregnancy! It’s given me tons of excellent information. I highly suggest it! I never write reviews honestly but this one seriously deserves it!”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 stars- “I found the app to be very informative. Don’t have anything bad to say about this app.”
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • August 4, 2016: 2 stars- Reviewer doesn’t like the person talking in the videos and wishes it had more of a spotlight on the baby.
  • Most common complaints:
    • No consistent complaints

3) Ovia Pregnancy Tracker and Baby Calendar

(too close to call between Ovia and What to Expect, so we listed them both)Ovia Pregnancy Tracker
  • Cost: Free
  • Download Link
  • Description: Your own daily timeline of articles and personalized feedback on your pregnancy. All your pregnancy questions answered, from “Is this normal?” to “Can I eat this?”.
  • Features:
    • Real-time alerts when your symptoms could be dangerous
    • Track your weight, sleep, moods, activity, and more
    • See your baby’s actual hand size
    • Quick lookups for food, symptoms, and medications
  • In-App Purchases: None
  • Current version rating: 5 stars, 357 ratings
    • 5 star: 330
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
  • All time rating: 5 stars, 6,606 ratings
    • 5 star: 5,917
    • 4 star: 410
    • 3 star: 112
    • 2 star: 54
    • 1 star: 113
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • August 3, 2016: 5 stars- “Great app so far!!!”
    • August 3, 2016: 5 stars- “This app has been so helpful and easy to use. I highly recommend it”
    • August 3, 2016: 5 stars- “Great app!”
    • August 3, 2016: 5 stars- “I love using this app. Have already recommended to friends.”
    • August 2, 2016: 5 stars- “I’m on my second baby and I just wanted a simple way to track my nugget. I can customize since I’m not a first time mama and I love the handprint feature. I can track a lot but it doesn’t flood my homepage like Glow Nuture. And I’m ok without the community. Sometimes the dark stories can be overwhelming. And I love my baby list. Thanks for a super simple yet versatile app!”
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • July 19, 2016: 1 star- States that they offer the “worst customer support,” because there is no way to unsubscribe. The unsubscribe button didn’t work and has emailed customer support ten times and gotten an automated response each time stating that the email address was removed, but she is still getting daily updates for her pregnancy, which no longer exists.
    • July 18, 2016: 1 star- App stopped working after recently updating it.
    • July 17, 2016: 1 star- “Widely based on inaccurate information. Also the forum is like the Wild West, you can be banned for no reason. I’ll stick to babycenter.”
    • July 24, 2016: 2 stars- “Articles aren’t very helpful. Videos are generic and community feature is terrible.”
    • July 30, 2016: 2 stars- “Worst pregnancy app I’ve used. Definitely will be deleting and finding a new one.”
  • Most common complaints:
    • No consistent complaints. Most people state that they really like it but mention a feature they would like it to have- but that feature is different for each reviewer.

4) Eve by Glow- Sex, PMS & Period Tracker, Women’s Health App

  • Cost: FreeEve By Glow
  • Download Link
  • Description: Eve by Glow (formerly Ruby by Glow) is a savvy health & sex app for women who want to take control of their sex lives. Eve helps women figure out many different dimensions of their health: birth control & contraception, ovulation & fertility, menstruation, cycle symptoms and trends. The only tracker that addresses sexual, menstrual, and reproductive health all-in-one, Eve is a comprehensive health app for sexually-active young women who want to own their cycles and feel good in bed.
  • Features:
    • Log to keep track of sex, moods & symptoms.
    • See your health data visualized in beautiful charts.
    • Identify trends and patterns unique to your body.
    • Compatible with the Health App for tracking Sleep, Steps, Walking+Running, Height, Weight, Date of Birth, Water, and of course, menstrual health (Menstruation, Sexual Activity, Spotting, BBT, Cervical Mucus).
    • Fastest and easiest way to to track your period.
    • Interactive staircase helps you see your cycle history in a whole new way.
    • Forecast your ovulation and upcoming period with period tracker predictions that get smarter over time.
    • Review past periods, menstrual cycles and ovulation dates to better understand your cycle & fertility.
    • Calendar views on period tracker show your next fertile window, ovulation day, upcoming period.
    • Community provides an extended friend group for discussing sex & health.
    • Trusted information about birth control & sex, powered by Bedsider.
    • Ask the community anything–nothing is off limits.
    • Premium Features (requires in app purchase)
      • Comparative Insights – “Is this normal?” Compare with millions of women.
      • Premium Content – Your next level sexual health savvy.
      • Private Messaging – It’s like passing notes, but better.
      • Custom Profile – Stand out from the rest.
      • Premium Support – No more lines for you. With Premium, you jump the queue!SUBSCRIPTION AND PRICING TERMS
        $7.99 for month-to-month
        $3.99/month for 1 year
        (subscription works across all Glow company apps!)
  • In-App Purchases:
    • Premium features available for $7.99 for month-to-month; or
    • $47.88 for 1 year
  • Current version rating: 5 stars, 1,130 ratings
    • 5 star: 1,013
    • 4 star: 100
    • 3 star: 13
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 1
  • All time rating: 5 stars, 8,932 ratings
    • 5 star: 7,684
    • 4 star: 976
    • 3 star: 168
    • 2 star: 44
    • 1 star: 60
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • August 4, 2016: 4 star- “This has been super helpful for forgetful me”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “Love it.!!”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “It helps you keep track of your period. Like it tells you based on the information you put in about your other period. It also has this log where you click on symptoms you are having and it gives you a few answers. This really is a Great choice.”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “I think the app is awesome. I really like all the quiz and activity you can do.”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- Says it is the best period tracker she has tried.
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • Jul 7, 2016: 1 star- “I got this app because it looked pretty nice, but after a few hours it started messing up. I deleted the app and since then my phone is acting weird. It keeps shutting off and I think it’s because of this app.”
    • July 6, 2016: 2 stars- “I seriously just bought a new pair of panties last week for $30 just found out that my period came Today! And it just so happens that I was wearing my new cute expensive panties today. I thought this app was supposed to track my period.”
    • July 21, 2016: 2 stars- Thinks the app is cool but offers too many features and doesn’t like the social element. Just wanted a period tracker. She wouldn’t spend money on the premium version.
    • August 3, 2016: 2 stars- Really likes the app, but wants the premium features but thinks the price is too expensive.
  • Most common complaints:
    • A few reviewers mentioned that it’s not 100% accurate predicting the start date of their period.

5) GoodRx- Prescription Drug Prices, Coupons and Pill Identifier

  • Cost: FreeGood Rx
  • Download Link
  • Description:
    • Find the lowest price on prescriptions right from your phone or iPad.
    • Our free, easy-to-use mobile apps feature:
      • Instant access to the lowest prices for prescription drugs at more than 75,000 pharmacies
      • Coupons and savings tips that can cut your prescription costs by 50% or more
      • Side effects, pharmacy hours and locations, pill images, and much more!
  • Features:
    • Every week we collect millions of prices and discounts from pharmacies, drug manufacturers and other sources. Here’s how you can use it to save:
      • Use GoodRx’s drug price search to compare prices (just like you do for travel or electronics on other sites) for your prescription at pharmacies near you. We don’t sell the medications, we tell you where you can get the best deal on them.
      • GoodRx will show you prices, coupons, discounts and savings tips for your prescription at pharmacies near you.
      • Download GoodRx’s iPhone or Android app to get drug prices and coupons on the go.
        • Instant access to the lowest prices for prescription drugs at more than 75,000 pharmacies
        • Coupons and savings tips that can cut your prescription costs by 50% or more
        • Side effects, pharmacy hours and locations, pill images, and much more!If you prefer, GoodRx can send you a discount savings card which you can keep in your wallet or purse.
      • Many folks have asked us how it’s possible that GoodRx can locate such huge savings. We can assure you that our prices are accurate and the discounts we find are based on contractual agreements. Every month, consumers save millions of dollars with GoodRx.
      • GoodRx is free for consumers, and we require no personal information to search drugs and receive discounts. We do not sell your personal health information to anyone. We make money from advertisements on our site and referral fees. This revenue enables us to continue to make the best, free product to help Americans afford the prescriptions they need.
  • In-App Purchases: None
  • Current version rating: 5 stars, 746 ratings
    • 5 star reviews: 694
    • 4 star reviews: 29
    • 3 star reviews: 9
    • 2 star reviews: 1
    • 1 star reviews: 13
  • All time rating: 4.5 stars, 5,225 reviews
    • 5 star reviews: 4,640
    • 4 star reviews: 289
    • 3 star reviews: 54
    • 2 star reviews: 26
    • 1 star reviews: 216
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • August 2, 2016: 5 star- User thanks GoodRx for making meds more affordable since they don’t have insurance. Gets three months of meds for less than 1/3 of previous cost of one month’s supply.
    • August 2, 2016: 5 star- User thank “whoever is responsible” for the app, because they’ve saved so much money and time price shopping with the app.
    • August 2, 2016: 5 star- Used app for the first time today and saved $50.
    • August 2, 2016: 5 star- “True money saver, no gimmicks just download and truly save.”
    • August 1, 2016: 5 star- Uses the app for every medicine purchase. Works in healthcare and uses the app to find best prices for patients. Says difference in price from one pharmacy to another is “incredible.”
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • July 11, 2016: 1 star- “Hiding prices in Canada”
    • July 6, 2016: 1 star- “Waited 20 minutes for a prescription only to find out the price was $8.00 MORE than the app said. Pharmacist claimed its frequently wrong. I don’t get the good rating.”
    • June 19, 2016: 1 star- “Did not like”
    • June 10, 2016: 1 star- “Crash on almost every search”
  • Most common complaints:
    • Several people (although a relatively small % of reviewers) reported that the prices listed on the app or often wrong.
    • In order to get the benefit, you need to use a pharmacy that accepts the coupon. Some users have reported that many don’t.

6) Insight Timer- Meditation Timer

  • Cost: FreeInsight Meditation Timer
  • Download Link
  • Description: Insight Timer is the highest rated free meditation app on the App Store. More than 950,000 meditators call Insight Timer home.With beautiful Tibetan singing bowls and a dynamic worldwide community, Insight Timer is the fun and connected way to support your meditation practice. If you’re new to meditation you’ll find more than 2,000 free guided meditations and a supportive community to get started. If you’re an experienced meditator you’ll feel right at home with our beautiful Tibetan singing bowls and guided meditations by experienced teachers that you know and respect.
  • Features:
    • The most popular free meditation Timer on the App Store
    • 8 deeply peaceful bells recorded with the highest quality digital audio equipment making them crystal clear with extra long fade outs.
    • Mesmerizing Ambient sounds which play in the background for a more relaxing meditation session
    • 2,000 guided meditations from your favourite teachers including Eckhart Tolle, Pak Merta Ada, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and many more.
    • 1,000+ discussion groups ranging from Buddhism to Sleeping patterns and Rumi poems to Addiction.
    • 2,000+ local meet-up groups for connecting with people locally and enhancing your meditation practice
    • 8 different activities including Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, Walking, Breathing, Chanting, Prayer, and Healing
    • Stats, Milestones, and Journal entries
  • In-App Purchases:
    • Bell collection: $2.99
    • Calm collection: $1.99
    • Inspire collection: $1.99
  • Current version rating: 5 stars, 1,477 ratings
    • 5 star reviews: 1,322
    • 4 star reviews: 128
    • 3 star reviews: 16
    • 2 star reviews: 5
    • 1 star reviews: 6
  • All time rating: 4.5 stars, 12,333 reviews
    • 5 star reviews: 10,224
    • 4 star reviews: 1,378
    • 3 star reviews: 224
    • 2 star reviews: 135
    • 1 star reviews: 372
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • August 4, 2016: 5 stars- “Great must have app for meditators!”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- Says the app helps make the most out of meditation time. Loves the chime sounds, and says it’s “just like my singing bowl!”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “This is one of my favorite apps ever!” Uses it daily and recommends it to everyone, beginners and seasoned meditators alike.
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “Great for silent mediation and improvements keep coming.”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “Very user friendly. I use it every day.”
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • July 24, 2016: 1 star: “Not a good app. They have made it into a dating app. Horrible updates made regularly that makes the app function less effectively.”
    • July 23, 2016: 1 star- “Today, after using this app for 3+ years, I could no longer post comments. After doing some research, testing, and analysis, I determined that I had been deliberately censored. No one spoke with me. No one contacted me to work out whatever problem they felt was there. I have no clue why this occurred. But it did…”
    • July 20, 2016: 1 star- “I hadn’t used the app in a while. Tried to use it today and find I need to register and login to get into the app at all. I was someplace with no net access making the app completely useless.” (Continues on about registration annoyances)
    • July 20, 2016: 1 star- Likes the apps in a lot of ways, but doesn’t like the fact that the app gives people gold (and other color) stars or the social media element.
    • July 14, 2016: 1 star- Bought the app in 2013, but skipped updates to avoid creating an account. That is no longer an option, and now wants a refund on the original purchase. Also doesn’t like the “onslaught of navigation screens.”
  • Most common complaints:
    • Most of the complaints are centered on the social media elements of the app. The complaintants don’t want to mix social media with their meditation.

7) Sleep Cycle alarm clock

  • Cost: FreeSleep Cycle Alarm
  • Download Link
  • Description:
    • Waking up made easy.
    • An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed.
    • As you sleep you go through different phases, ranging from deep sleep to light sleep. The phase you are in when your alarm goes off is critical for how tired you will feel when you wake up.
    • Since you move differently in bed during the different phases, Sleep Cycle can use the microphone or accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movements and determine which sleep phase you are in.
    • Sleep Cycle wakes you when you are in your lightest sleep phase.
    • Sleep Cycle was developed using proven sleep science and years of research and development.
  • Features
    • Included free with app
      • Sleep analysis with our patented sound analysis technology or if you prefer, the sensitive accelerometer in your iPhone
      • Detailed sleep statistics and sleep graphsFeatures:
      • Carefully selected alarm melodies
      • Snooze by shaking or double tapping the phone lightly
      • Fully integrated with Apple Health. Exchanges sleep analysis and heart rate
      • Customizable wake up window. From instant (regular alarm clock) up to 90 minutes
      • Background mode – set your alarm and exit Sleep Cycle – sleep analysis will continue in the background
      • Support for the M7 and M8 co-processor – measure your daily physical activity and see how it affects your Sleep Quality
      • Export sleep data to Excel for detailed analysis
    • Premium features available
      • Online backup – secure your data online to make sure it’s always with you
      • Long term trends – compare your sleep with the world
      • Sleep aid – helps you fall asleep faster
      • Sleep notes – see how events such as drinking coffee, eating too much or having a stressful day affect your sleep quality
      • Wake up mood – see how using Sleep Cycle affects your morning moods
      • Weather – see how weather affects your Sleep Quality
      • Heart rate monitor – measure your resting heart rate (RHR) every morning using the built-in camera in your device
      • Philips HUE light bulb support – simulate a natural sunrise to give you an even softer wake-up
  • In-App Purchases:
    • Premium subscription is $23.99/ year
  • Current version rating: 4.5 stars, 2,770 ratings
    • 5 star reviews: 2,232
    • 4 star reviews: 410
    • 3 star reviews: 44
    • 2 star reviews: 30
    • 1 star reviews: 54
  • All time rating: 4.5 stars, 97,058 reviews
    • 5 star reviews: 73,678
    • 4 star reviews: 16,280
    • 3 star reviews: 3,072
    • 2 star reviews: 1,513
    • 1 star reviews: 2,515
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • August 4, 2016: 5 stars- “Really tells me what I need to sleep better.”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “Highly recommend for you who feel like you don’t get enough sleep!”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “Love it. The alarm really helps me wake up earlier and refreshed”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “Great app!! I’ve used it every night for more than two years probably. Very reliable and it’s good just as an alarm even without all the cool sleep tracking features.”
    • August 4, 2016: 5 star- “Great app, it does a really good job showing when I reach a ‘deep state’ of sleep. And is very accurate as to when I am awake and sleeping”
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • August 4, 2016: 1 star: Uses an iPhone 6 and says loved the app at first, but now the time changes itself at night causing the alarm not to be reliable.
    • August 3, 2016: 1 star- “In the old version you can actually hear yourself whil you where (sp) asleep and everything was free I enjoyed this app a lot but now you have to pay for most of the free stuff. Very disappointed with this app.”
    • August 2, 2016: 1 star- “The app worked flawlessly until the ninth night. Then the alarm portion failed to wake me up. Then nothing again on the ninth 10th, 11th, 12th… I know (sp) have to use my regular iPhone alarm to wake up. There is a serious bug in this latest release.”
    • August 2, 2016: 1 star- Used the app for travel and really liked the white noise feature, but now that is only available with the Premium version. As a result is no longer using or recommending the app.
    • August 1, 2016: 1 star- Loved the app at first, but the alarm didn’t make a sound even though the screen read “alarm.” Confirmed via testing alarms that it’s still not working right, so no longer using the app.
  • Most common complaints:
    • Most of the complaints revolve around the alarm not going off for one reason or another. If using this app for an important wake-up time, might be best to have a backup.

8) Instant Heart Rate- Heart Rate Monitor Free

  • Cost: FreeInstant Heart Rate Monitor
  • Download Link
  • Description:
    • Just featured in Apple’s new TV Ad “Strength” – use your iPhone to find out your heart rate in less than 10 seconds!
    • Also now supports Apple Health App, please enable in Instant Heart Rate Settings -> Health App Sharing.
    • You DON’T need a dedicated heart rate monitor to get your pulse, download Instant Heart Rate today and use your camera’s flash to see how healthy you are!
    • With over 35 million users, the award-winning Instant Heart Rate app is all over the web.
    • Featured in: CNN, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, and many more.
    • Instant Heart Rate is continuously rated as the world’s best mobile heart rate measurement app and is trusted by Stanford’s leading cardiologists for use in clinical trials.
    • How it works:
      • Place the tip of your index finger on the iPhone’s camera, and in a couple of seconds, your pulse will be shown!
      • Instant Heart Rate detects a color change in your finger tip each time your heart beats and uses an advanced algorithm to show you your heart rate.
      • A real-time chart will show you every heartbeat, similar to pulse oximeters used in hospitals.
  • Features
    • Included free with app
      • Heart rate measurement
      • Heart Rate Activity Zone Calculator
      • Pulse waveform graphs
      • Real-time photoplethysmogram (PPG) graph
      • Continuous or Auto-Stop mode
      • Unlimited data storage and tags
      • Export data for registered users
      • StandUp test for fatigue and fitness testing
      • Sharing to Twitter and Facebook
      • Apple Health App Support (Instant Heart Rate Settings -> Health App Sharing)
    • Premium features available
      • Upgrade to Premium to receive unlimited access to Premium Programs and Playpen Freeplay workouts, HD videos, dynamic and motivational audio, workout email summaries with tips and advice on healthy living, priority support, and more through renewable iTunes subscription.
  • In-App Purchases:
    • Premium subscription is $30/ year or $9.99/ month
  • Current version rating: 5 stars, 116 ratings
    • 5 star reviews: 105
    • 4 star reviews: 7
    • 3 star reviews: 2
    • 2 star reviews: 1
    • 1 star reviews: 1
  • All time rating: 4.5 stars, 13,198 reviews
    • 5 star reviews: 9,410
    • 4 star reviews: 2,180
    • 3 star reviews: 477
    • 2 star reviews: 292
    • 1 star reviews: 839
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • August 18, 2016: 5 stars- “Love this.”
    • August 18, 2016: 5 star- “Just as accurate as the strap on the chest. Truly amazing it works so well with just the flash on the phone’s camera.”
    • August 18, 2016: 5 star- “This app helps me monitor my heart rate.”
    • August 18, 2016: 5 star- “Always comes through”
    • August 18, 2016: 4 star- “East to use and reading is close”
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • August 18, 2016: 3 star- “Used to be great. The old free version kept your data so you could track your HR over time. They changed it  and now it’s advertising heavy, buggy, and not as useful.”
    • August 8, 2016: 1 star- User can’t get the app to work using iPhone 4 & 4s. App keeps saying “No Finger” and doesn’t give a reading.
    • July 27, 2016: 1 star- Says app has too many pop up ads that make it “not even functional” and annoying.
    • July 26, 2016: 1 star- Says the app has too many ads “with seemingly one goal, to up sell you.”
    • July 25, 2016: 1 star- “Constant redirects and ads”
  • Most common complaints:
    • The vast majority of complaints revolve around ads in the free app. Some also complain about difficulty getting a reading.

9) WebMD – Trusted Health and Wellness Information

***WebMD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek theWeb MDadvice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the WebMD mobile application.

  • Cost: Free
  • Download Link
  • Description:
    • WebMD for iPhone offers physician-reviewed health content and interactive tools in addition to on-demand healthy living information. The innovative design marries content and utility informed by more than five years of user insights and feedback.
    • WebMD for iPhone also features Healthy Target, an innovative health improvement program that will help you create and sustain healthy habits. By connecting an activity tracker, wireless scale, blood pressure monitor, or glucometer you’ll be able to view all of your data in one location and receive WebMD contextual content and insights. Additionally, Healthy Target allows you to use HealthKit to sync with the Apple Health app.
    • Get access to your favorite WebMD health tools like Symptom Checker and local health listings, in addition to the most up-to-date information about medicine and first aid essentials. All in one elegant app. From the most trusted brand in health information.
  • Features
    • WebMD Symptom Checker – Select the part of the body that is troubling you, choose your symptoms, and learn about potential conditions or issues.
    • Medication Reminders – View daily medication schedules and instructions, pill images with dosage and timing information, and receive reminders for when it’s time to take a given medication.
    • Healthy Target – Create and sustain healthy habits by tracking your progress daily, connecting wearable devices, and getting actionable insights at the end of each week.
    • Healthy Living – Choose the healthy living interests that matter most to you to customize a daily lifestyle magazine of tips, fun facts, articles, quizzes, and slideshows.
    • Conditions – Find medically reviewed information about conditions relevant to you and learn more about causes, treatments, and related symptoms.
    • Medicine – Search our extensive database for information on drugs, supplements, and vitamins. Read about uses, side effects, and warnings, and access our Pill ID tool.
    • First Aid Essentials – Your handy guide for medical emergencies. From insect stings to broken bones, helpful treatment tips are always available, even without an Internet connection.
    • Local Health Listings – Find the closest physician, hospital, and pharmacy based on your current location or search by city, state or zip.
    • Customization: Create and save your conditions, medicine, first aid information, doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and healthy living articles for secure, easy access and reference.
  • In-App Purchases:
    • None
  • Current version rating: 4.5 stars, 391 ratings
    • 5 star reviews: 299
    • 4 star reviews: 58
    • 3 star reviews: 10
    • 2 star reviews: 4
    • 1 star reviews: 20
  • All time rating: 3.5 stars, 51,187 reviews
    • 5 star reviews: 18,147
    • 4 star reviews: 9,286
    • 3 star reviews: 10,235
    • 2 star reviews: 6,042
    • 1 star reviews: 7,477
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • August 18, 2016: 4 stars- “Always handy for a quick search.”
    • August 17, 2016: 5 star- “This app does what I need, helps me stay on schedule of my meds. Also nice to be able to look up medical info, without going to another app.”
    • August 15, 2016: 4 star- “I’ve used this app to get information on many difficult medical experiences and it’s been very helpful.”
    • August 13, 2016: 5 star- “I have it on my phone because I don’t want to leave home without it. It has information that I find useful.”
    • August 12, 2016: 4 star- “Is awesome, reminds me when my medication is due. Love it. thank you!!”
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • August 7, 2016: 1 star- User bought Fitbit app, Strava and the WebMD app at the same time to better track health and exercise. However, although “WebMD advertises that their app can sync data from Fitbit” the sync only worked for about a week and hasn’t worked since. Support has been slow in responding and no resolution has been found, nor is there any indication that it will be.
    • July 6, 2016: 1 star- “Does not work with Fitbit Charge HR.” User was able to get it to work for a while by specifying Fitbit Flex, but it stopped syncing and still isn’t working. Also stated that “support is apparently nonexistent.”
    • July 5, 2016: 1 star- “When linking to FitBit, I was given a warning that ‘HTTPS is not being used to protect this data’, and when I clicked anyway, I get a javascript error which makes me wonder where my data actually went. Trying to link to walgreens redirects you to striiv, but does not at all make clear what the relationship is, and visiting striiv’s page did little to clear this up. Uninstalling and changing passwords to any accounts I allowed WebMD to have access to quickly.”
    • June 21, 2016: 1 star- User downloaded the app to track their various physicians’ information in one place, but despite being able to look up physicians, they found no way to save them or add them to a favorites list.
    • June 8, 2016: 1 star- App crashes all the time and says it needs an Internet connection even when the phone is connected to the Internet.
  • Most common complaints:
    • Most of the complaints are focused on poor Fitbit integration and the lack of more frequent updates (as of August 19, 2016 the last update was January 19, 2016)

10) Smoke Free – Quit smoking now and stop for good

  • Cost: FreeSmoke Free
  • Download Link
  • Description & Features:
    • This is the stop smoking app that science built. Over 20 different, evidence-based, techniques to help you become – and stay – smoke free. See how much money you’ve saved, how many cigarettes you’ve not smoked, how long you’ve been smoke free, how much life you’ve regained and how your health is improving.
    • Log your cravings, get tips on dealing with them, use the map to see where they congregate, the notes to see what patterns can be identified and the graph to see how they’re decreasing.
    • All this is free to use and entirely free of ads. If you need extra help giving up smoking our missions could be just what you need, as they’ve been proven to double your chances of quitting. No other app can promise you this.
    • We proved the missions worked by performing a rigorous scientific experiment. As far as we know, this is the first ever randomised control trial run entirely within an app. Its success means we want to run many more and our goal is to constantly make our app more effective
    • This is all entirely voluntary and you can download the app without taking part in the experiment. Your data will be kept anonymous and you can delete it at any time. But we really hope you do take part because everyone who does will help the quitters who follow. So do yourself a favour by quitting smoking. And do your fellow smokers a favour by helping them understand how it’s done.
    • Smoke Free Pro additional features
      • Over 1 month of daily missions scientifically proven to increase your chances of success
      • Customise the dashboard with your progress as you want to see
      • Choose a treat to buy with your savings and watch the time count down until you can afford it
      • Get help with cravings. Identify triggers and locations. Personalise tips to get you through difficult times
      • A clock that displays your time smoke free beautifully
  • In-App Purchases:
    • Smoke Free Pro: $4.99
  • Current version rating: 5 stars, 78 ratings
    • 5 star reviews: 66
    • 4 star reviews: 9
    • 3 star reviews: 2
    • 2 star reviews: 1
    • 1 star reviews: 0
  • All time rating: 4.5 stars, 1,331 reviews
    • 5 star reviews: 1,104
    • 4 star reviews: 151
    • 3 star reviews: 35
    • 2 star reviews: 19
    • 1 star reviews: 22
  • 5 most recent reviews:
    • August 18, 2016: 5 stars- “Smoked about a pack every day and a half for the past three year, after quitting once for two….I didn’t want to stop but was lately have been feeling extra exhausted and then scared by how out of breath and how bad my lungs hurt after attempting a HIIT workout. I’m on my 4th day. Day 3 was horrible, and if I didn’t have this app I know from experience I would have 100% cracked. You give up your best friend when you quick and this app is literally that- a really great, encouraging friend, there to talk you trough (sp) cravings and send you up to the minute progress reports. It’s also a super easy and cool way to share your progress and journey with loved ones. Every time I want a cigarette I send my mom or boyfriend the up to minute progress page and their responses are always super supportive which really helps. Still discovering more of the app, there’s really so much! Highly, highly recommend this for anyone that just quite or wants to. A real lung-saver!”
    • August 17, 2016: 5 star- “Helps remind me every day”
    • August 16, 2016: 5 star- This avid smoker just downloaded the app, and will start in the morning. Eager to earn badges and says it looks promising. Wishes the app had an “I smoked” button showing negative health effects and some badges that relate to the health bars.
    • August 16, 2016: 5 star- “This app is super motivating if you’re ready to quit. Not only does it show you all your heath benefits but it’s basically a little life coach in an app. I’ve been recommending the crap out of this app and use it everyday. It’s been 20 days since my last smoke and I feel great.”
    • August 16, 2016: 5 star- “It has helped me and motivated me to stay off the cigs.”
  • Most recent critical reviews:
    • July 1, 2016: 2 star- “This app is ok for trying to quit smoking, but it is a RIP OFF. They trick you into spending $5 for almost ZERO change. Almost nothing is different than the free portion of the app. It’s wrong and plain not fair! Seems like they care more about taking money than helping people quit smoking honestly!! I’m very frustrated”
    • June 25, 2016: 3 star- Says it’s alright but not impressed because you have to pay for everything. “It’s like one big advertisement”
    • June 5, 2016: 1 star- “Paid for upgrade immediately. Only giving a star because zero stars isn’t an option. Doesn’t update progress if you slip & smoke. Free apps offer better”
    • June 1, 2016: 1 star- “This used to be a great app. Then they decided making money was more important than helping people, so they locked up most of the features. Unless you want to spend $5, get a different app.
  • Most common complaints:
    • Vast majority of the complaints related to the $5 charge for the Pro version. Either they don’t think it’s worth the fee or are upset that there is a fee at all.