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  • Apps For Managing Chronic Illnesses

    Posted by Charlene Marshall on May 7, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    As a patient with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), learning how to better manage my illness is always a top priority of mine. This means that I like to read up on new literature, apps, medications or natural remedies that might make living with this disease a little easier. Did you know that there are a number of apps available for patients, to help us better manage our chronic illness? Feel free to check them out below in a social clip written earlier this year by Wendy Henderson!

    Do any of you use these apps? Do you have others to add to this list? Please feel free to share! 

    Managing a chronic illness can be difficult. There are many different medications to take (often at different times), appointments to remember, symptoms to keep track of, and lots of information to absorb. Thankfully, living in a digital age means that there are numerous mobile apps that can help you manage your chronic illness.

    We’ve put together a list of some of the best mobile apps for managing your chronic illness:


    patientMpower for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) helps patients manage both their disease and their treatment plan (including appointment times and medication reminders). The app connects directly with a patient’s health care center, allowing doctors to ask for and receive data, as well as answer any pressing questions.


    Medisafe is an app that helps patients manage medications. It helps with dosage and reminds you when you need to take your meds, increasing adherence rates. The information can also be shared with your healthcare team and pharmacy.


    Pain Diary works for anyone with a chronic illness. It allows patients to chart and score pain as well as record and track other symptoms of the disease such as fatigue and mood swings. This app also has a feature where patients can connect with others living with the same chronic illness and swap best practices.


    ZocDoc is a handy app if you’ve recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness, since one of the first things you’ll need to do is find a doctor to treat you. ZocDoc allows you to search for local specialist doctors who are approved by your insurance company. The app will even tell you when the doctor is available to see you.


    My Medical Info is an app that stores all your relevant health history and insurance details. This makes filling out those endless forms a little less challenging, since you won’t have to rely on your memory for all the details. The app will also allow you to program in doctors’ appointments and all the medications you’re taking.


    Fooducate helps you keep track of your diet and make healthy choices. Eating well is an integral part of managing any chronic illness and this app will help you to eat the right foods and get you to a healthy body weight. You can program in how many calories you want to consume a day and then add in the food choices you make, the app will work out the nutritional values of everything you eat and tell you how many calories you’ve consumed. It also works in conjunction with many fitness apps to add in details of any physical activities and calories burned.


    Sleep Cycle helps you get the best out of your sleep. The app analyzes how much sleep and the quality of sleep you get each night and you can also have the alarm set to wake you when you’re in your lightest sleep, leaving you feeling less groggy and more refreshed each day.

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