Smart apps for watching your health.
Even in the early days of the smartwatch era, health and fitness companies have been quick to spot the practical and commercial potential of this wearable tech. And let’s face it, most of us could use a gadget around our wrist reminding us that we haven’t walked much today, that we could use a little more sleep, or that playing Heads Up doesn’t count as exercise.
What are medical apps for smartwatch?
Medical apps are any smartwatch app that has your health at its centre. These will range from a simple pedometer or heart rate monitor, to more complex apps that measure sleep patterns or heart tremors. Smartwatch apps are like apps for other devices in almost every way, the only big difference being that they’re available from different stores, so for example Apple Watch will have a dedicated app store for buying compatible apps.
At present most of the apps focus on fitness and activity rather than direct medical assistance, though this is still a new technology and what we’re seeing now is the tip of the icebergs tip. In time we’ll see smartwatch apps that do things that we cannot even imagine at present. The future looks bright and very healthy.
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What are the best medical apps for your wearable?
|Medical Apps||About the App||Compatibility||Purchase|
|Apple Healthkit||The signature health app for Apple’s much awaited smartwatch is designed to be paired with Apple Health, which now comes bundled with any device with iOS 8 or higher. It’s a solid fitness and wellness app that is designed to help you set health goals and accomplish them.||Available for Apple watch from the Apple Watch App Store, and can be paired with any iOS 8 or higher devices.||Buy Now|
|WebMD Medication Reminders||A simple and useful app that will remind those who take regular medication of when their dose is needed, as well as offering useful reminders, such as when to take with food.||Available for the Apple Watch from the Apple Watch App Store.||Buy Now|
|Fitbit Charge||While less of an app and more of an operating system the Fitbit is there exclusively for health and fitness, and while it can sync to other devices, it’s lack of other functions may lead some people to more varied smartwatches.||Available on Fitbit Charge.|
|Google Fit||This well designed app gives a comprehensive analysis of your current level of fitness and activity. It’s more about fitness metrics than about overall health, but as you’d expect with Google the data is vast and the layout accessible and is the most popular health smartwatch app at the Google play store.||Get this app for the Android Wear from the Android App Store.|
|Microsoft Health||Microsoft’s entry into the smartwatch health game. It’s designed to act like a personal trainer providing guided workouts and has all the features you might expect including heart rate monitors, sleep monitors and GPS for runners.||Available on the Microsoft Band smartwatch.|
Frequently asked questions
Does this mean I don’t have to go to the doctor anymore?
Sadly not. Though the smartwatch has the power to do many things it will be a long time before it overtakes the local doctor and if you’re ever feeling ill or have a problem you haven’t had before, don’t wait for your watch to tell you what to do, go to the doctor ASAP.
Will my smartwatch make me fitter?
Yes and no. The smartwatch can just about everything for you, but there is a still a lot you have to do yourself. Having a running app won’t make you fit, for that you’ll still have to go running.
Are these smartwatch apps free to download?
There are thousands of apps available on different app stores for free and the ones that do charge are often very inexpensive and worth the outlay.