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Using your mobile device to keep track of your health Featured

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BANGOR - Mobile devices are empowering people to become more engaged in health and wellness than ever before, and this interest goes beyond apps that count calories or track steps. In a recent survey by U.S. Cellular, 17 percent of smartphone owners used a connected device to monitor their health, nine percent to track their medications, and seven percent to monitor their blood sugar. Jonathan Isacco from U.S. Cellular joins Craig Colson to discuss how your mobile device can help you keep track of your health

Smartphones and tablets, such as the iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, and the iPad Air 2, have become medical instruments that can provide blood test results, medication information, glucose readings and medical images. From accessing consolidated electronic health records to calculating the correct prescription dosage, mobile devices play a pivotal role in managing health.


Now, armed with wearables and mobile healthcare apps, individuals can monitor their own health data and get continuous guidance and information from the devices they carry with them every day. U.S. Cellular recommends checking out the following health tools.


Managing Diabetes.

The Diabetes Tracker (IOS and Android, $9.99) with Blood Glucose/Carb Log by MyNetDiary is a comprehensive app helping individuals better understand and control their diabetes and diet. The easy-to-use app allows users to track insulin and medication and set reminders to take blood glucose. MySugr Diabetes Logbook (IOS and Android, Free) is another great app that synchronizes health data automatically via Bluetooth. The app allows users to easily log meals and view glucose graphs.


Tracking Medications.

There are many apps for iOS and Android devices to help track medications. CareZone (IOS and Android, Free) lets users curate a list of medications, dosages and schedules directly from the device’s photo library. The app also documents and shares symptoms with a user’s family or doctor, while providing a place to store vital insurance information and schedule reminders for upcoming appointments.


Heart Monitoring.

Instant Heart Rate (IOS and Android, Free) allows users to measure their heart rate wherever they are by simply placing a finger on the device’s camera. The app records heart rate data and notes each measurement with details on physical activity.


Tracking Family Medical Records.

My Medical (IOS and Android, $4.99) is a comprehensive record-keeping app for personal medical information.  Keep track of immunizations, blood pressure, cholesterol, emergency contacts, health insurance and doctor’s information. It will automatically keep track of upcoming appointments on the smartphone’s calendar app.


Medical Advice Just a Touch Away.

Doctor on Demand (IOS and Android, Free for the app, $49/doctor visit) delivers quick medical advice for non-emergency situations. Doctor on Demand provides video visits with a board-certified physician, psychologist or more from home or anywhere. There is no subscription fee, but doctor visits are $49, often less expensive than an emergency room visit. Doctors can diagnose and treat most common, non-emergency medical conditions.


*Between Nov. 12-21, 2015, a total of 735 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.

About U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier offers coverage where the other carriers don't and a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. U.S. Cellular has the Highest Wireless Network Quality Performance in the North Central Region, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study, and 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.