Digital Health Technologies
Mobile apps have become invaluable. They keep us connected with people around us, keep us on-time, and help us stay fit. Finding the right app for the right circumstance can be a challenge.
Types of apps
The types of apps available can be broken down into six functionalities 1:
- Lifestyle - accelerate or support the individual facets of a lifestyle. These apps relate to fitness, dating, food, music and travel
- Social Media - ability to share information in our day-to-day lives. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat fall into this category.
- Utility - help us in our day-to day. These apps include calendars, calculators, and weather apps.
- Games/Entertainment - the largest category and most used. Angry Birds is one of the most popular games available.
- Productivity - the ability to perform a task quickly/easily. Using your phone to pay for a coffee or working with a spreadsheet on the go fall into this category
- News/Information Outlets - keeping up to date with what is happening around us
1 Matteo. What are the different types of mobile apps? Breaking down industries and functionalities. (Reviewed 2019 Aug 1) https://duckma.com/en/types-of-mobile-apps/
Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store)
App Store for iOS (https://www.apple.com/ios/app-store/)
PC Magazine (https://www.pcmag.com/) - Reviews apps in all categories. The magazine produces a 100 best list for both Android and iOS apps each year
iMedicalApps (http://www.imedicalapps.com/) - Founded by a medial student, it is the leading online publication for health care apps. See RSS feed below for the latest reviews.
Many medical/clinical apps are via subscription. The UNC Health Sciences Library provides access to several apps such as AccessMedicine, Epocrates, and Up-to-Date. For information on how to access these apps visit our Mobile Health & Research Apps at UNC guide.
Health Sciences librarians have developed great lists of apps in healthcare. Here are just a few: