Innovative Healthy Living
lmerz on Thursday, September 27, 2012
Today, people use mobile applications for almost anything; socializing, games, cooking, gambling, reading, movies, just to name a few. Individual organizations are developing applications of their own to market their products or service offering, attract new clientele, and help their customers.
A perfect example of this is WebMD’s launch, only a few days after the long waited AppleiPhone5 was introduced, of an application called Pain Coach that assists people in managing, tracking, and monitoring chronic discomfort in the body. An article in eWeek.com explains “the app helps people manage chronic back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, migraines, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia (a chronic disorder consisting of widespread pain, tenderness and muscle and connective tissue stiffness usually associated with fatigue, headaches and sleep disturbances). The app also sends tips from physicians to users' iPhones on how to manage the pain.”
The app acts like a journal where people track their daily routines including activities, meal choices, medications, and any problems that occur. This can be reviewed with physicians in order to assist in developing better lifestyle behaviors that should lead to feeling better, both physically and mentally.
It is amazing to me how technology has advanced and what new innovations companies come up with to improve society, promote healthy living, and to better oneself overall. The number of wireless users continues to grow along with applications available for any age group and in any industry; “the number of people using mobile devices such as the iPhone to access health resources like WebMD's apps grew 125 percent in 2011 from the previous year”.