If you're an informed patient, then you know that there are a LOT of sham healthcare apps on the market. And if you haven't heard? Read up on how to tell if a health and wellness app is worth the $3.99 download charge. But to save yourself some time and angst, just turn to these four health and wellness apps. We did the research for you, so you know they're legit!
First Aid by the American Red Cross Recommended by physician-run iMedicalApps.com as one of the most innovative apps of 2012 for its video and step-by-step tutorials, this app is a leader in using games to help patients learn.
ITriage This well-designed symptom checker, which boasts frequently updated physician-written and Harvard-reviewed content, also helps you find a doctor and lets you see the waiting times at local ERs.
HealthTap Get quick on-screen answers to general health questions, written by physician specialists around the country.
UMSkinCheck This app, developed by the University of Michigan, gets a thumbs-up from dermatologists for its self-exam walkthrough and full-body photography, so you can track changes in moles over time.
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