Anju is all set to celebrate World Health Day. She has eaten a low-carb breakfast and has even done some yoga. Yes. She’s ready. But, what was that thing Aunty Gloria was going on about? “You’re not really healthy in this day and age if you haven’t got any health apps.” Anju looks at her phone. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp… but no health-related icons. She hunts for the Play Store button, all set to be “really healthy in this day and age”. But, there are so many health platforms out there. Where should she begin?
Fortunately for Anju, we at Networked India know exactly which apps are perfect for a World Health Day celebration. So, for her benefit and yours, here’s a glance at 7 homegrown health applications that will ensure you’re “really healthy” and a lot more, this World Health Day.
Dedicated to making you fitter, to helping you eat better and to guiding you towards shedding those extra inches, ‘HealthifyMe’ is an app that’s so good, it’s even trusted by major hospitals like Manipal, Medanta and Apollo ACODE. Touted as “India’s Premier Virtual Weight Loss Coach”, the app also packs a database of over 20,000 Indian food items, more than 1,000 activities, and on-demand access to your very own fitness trainer, dietitian/nutritionist and yoga instructor.
While HealthifyMe wants to coach you into getting healthier, ‘Portea’ wants to bring healthcare, doctors and medication to your doorstep. This app will help you find physicians, surgeons, and other specialists like cardiologists and gynaecs. It will also let you chat with these experts so you can get answers and tips from them. What’s more is that Portea has now expanded to also include an option that lets you buy medication in-app, and have them delivered to you.
Your health won’t fare very well if don’t have a pharmacy nearby. But what about a pharmacy in your phone? Meet ‘Netmeds’ – the app that proudly calls itself “India Ki Pharmacy”. With the tool, you can order your meds from anywhere, and have them dropped off at your home. The discount-laden app also lets you refill your prescription, giving you the option of uploading your prescription to it so it takes care of your refills from then on.
Welcome to the platform that claims to be Asia’s “number one health app’. Working somewhat like Portea, ‘Practo’ helps you easily book doctor’s appointments, lets you consult your doctor on the platform itself, and even has the added option of letting you set reminders for your medications. That’s not it. Practo aims to go beyond by also offering you room in its app to save your medical records. And again, it’s an app that brings meds to your doorstep.
While the rest of the medical apps on this list focus on mainstream medicine, ‘WelcomeCure’ is all about that homeopathy. Aiming to “meet you virtually, but treat you actually”, this app will make sure you get free answers to your queries from the homeopathy doctors themselves. This means that it gives you access to more than 50 global experts in the field. WelcomeCure also lets you chat with the professionals via video. You can even make payments via varied gateways.
If it’s health apps we’re going on about, there has to be room to mention the much-awarded ‘Lybrate’. This comprehensive app lets you talk to doctors, book appointments with them, and even helps manage your medical records. And… there’s more. Lybrate now also boasts a feature that lets you book lab tests. This means that you can book home sample pickups for lab tests from NABL/CAP/ISO 9001 certified diagnostic labs like Metropolis, Quest Diagnostics, Thyrocare, and more.
Another health/medical app that wins points for uniqueness is ‘1mg’. This strangely-named platform will give you information about your meds while also telling you about their “substitutes and side effects”. Another pharmacy in your palm, 1mg will let you in on which pills are more affordable too. Apart from this, the app also offers health tips from the experts, lets you book lab tests, and gives you the option of consulting your doctor as well.
So, whether you’re Anju or a teen with the flu, you now know what you need to get healthy pronto!