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Two mHealth Apps Get Named in “TIME’s Best App of 2013”

mHealth Apps

In TIME’s September 16th list of the 50 best iPhone apps of 2013, two mHealth apps were recognized as worthy of attention, and both focus on health and wellness. As published by TIME magazine, the two health care choices were:

RunKeeper, whichmaps your route out as you run, letting you review your distance, pace and other data points along the way. You can share your achievements on various social networking sites, and the app integrates with a whole host of other fitness apps and services to boot.”

Health Diet & Grocery Food Scanner: If you’re on a specific diet, this barcode-scanning app will let you know how well certain food items jive with what you’re trying to accomplish.”

It’s hard for some in healthcare to imagine that only two of the many thousand new apps released in 2013 made the TIME Magazine grade, as reflected in the mhealthnews retort.

If you have used these particular apps or found any mHealth apps particularly useful for yourself or clients/patients, please post them in the comment box below for us all to consider.

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One comment on “Two mHealth Apps Get Named in “TIME’s Best App of 2013”

  1. My smarphone alone has 3 pages of apps I have downloaded for use with my patients on mental health, especially veterans and PTSD. Here are some of my favorites that I am currently using with favorable results in my inpatient veterans:
    1. Provider Resilience (for providers to practice self care)
    2. DSM-IV-TR (I know it’s outdated now, but it still comes in handy)
    3. DSM-5 Criteria Sets (quick reference)
    4. Tactical Breather (developed and used by Dave Grossman, author of “On Killing”)- a popular one with my veterans
    5. T2 Mood Tracker
    6. Bio Zen (this one needs a separate device worn by the client)
    7. White Noise Lite (white noise helps my veterans block out stimuli that is agitating)
    8. PTSD Support (social and informational app with chats, community, videos, help resources, etc).
    9. PTSD Coach (this one is actually put out by the National Centers for PTSD)
    10. Breath2RElax
    11. CalVet (resources for veterans in California to help them get their VA benefits)
    12. CCT (Co-occurring Conditions Toolkit) (this app is put out by the Defense Centers of Excellence in partnership with National Center for Telehealth and TEchnology (T2) for use by clinicians to guide there practice)
    13. MMSE/MMSE2 (a nice app for having convenient access to the MMSE)
    14. Clinical Scales (put out by Psychiatric Times for clinicians to have access to some assessment scales they might use)
    15. Reach Out (another support app for veterans)
    16. Substance Abuse & Addiction Assessments (SMAST, MAST, DAST, various addictions)
    17. Mental Health Assessments (similar to #16 but for general mental illnesses)
    18. Goals Book (put out by the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness initiative of the US Army- includes Global Assessment Tools, a handbook, Resiliency Skills Overview, Helpful Hints, and a foreword by the Commanding General, MG Robert Brown)
    19. Homeless Shelter for Veterans ( a compact resource “center” for homeless veterans)
    20. mTBI Pocket Guide (convenient info guide for clinicians)
    21. Safe Helpline (put out by the Department of Defense-DoD with a button to call, chat, search resources, and create a self-care safety plan)
    22. Life ARmor (also put out by the Institute for Telehealth and Technology for clients to learn about their illness, tools to use, videos with support and information, and self-assessments)
    23. PE (Prolonged Exposure) Coach (put out by the National Center for PTSD, and T2 with capability to record a session, give homework, do a self assessment together, review the homework, and listen to the recorded session)
    24. Sesame Street for Military FAmilies (put out by Sesame street in English and SPanish with videos and support for families of military and deployed)
    25. My VA disability (veteran can keep track of their VA compensation rating for illness and injury related to their service)
    26. ProgressTracker (put out by SoundMindz to be used to track moods, symptoms, activities etc using the customizable, interactive electronic journal)
    27. Free Holy Rosary (one of several CAtholic apps for clients who use their religion and spirituality to help them cope. The Rosary is important in the CAtholic faith and this app lets the client have “someone to say it with them” interactively with Scripture references)
    28. Mindfulness Bell (a virtual Tibetan bell that can be customized by the user to ring at certain times throughout the day to remind the client to practice some mindfulness in their daily life)
    29. SleepBot (this app will track and monitor the user’s sleep, movement, snoring/sounds made, time slept, etc. to show them how they are sleeping)
    30. PowerNap (when teaching the client about sleep and rest, sometimes they need a nap [or I need on] and this app can be set by the user to time their nap and wake them up with an alarm so they can actually rest. It has different lengths of time depending on the user’s goal)

    WOW! I did not realize just how extensive my collection was until I had to list them here! These are just the ones I actually have on my phone and use with my patients. There are many others that I know of and suggest to patients to put on their phones or devices. I hope you find this list useful. Granted, the majority were developed for veterans; however, they can really be used outside of that population. Thanks for letting me share!

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