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Keep your medical records close at hand with these Android apps

by Dan Kricke

When it comes to remembering the last time you saw a doctor or even just having an easy way to keep track of the list of your family ailments, it’s always great to have an electronic record instead of having to remember your info from scratch each time you see a physician. The free Kaiser Permanente app lets users not only see their full health records but also make future appointments with physicians.

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But if you’re not a member of Kaiser Permanente and still want to keep track of your medical records there are other app options available. My Health Records ($2.99) is a great way to keep track of your whole medical history in one app. Users can keep track of their medical history and various medical conditions, in addition to other information like a log of their blood pressure, pulse, body weight and BMI.

Another potential option is the motionPHR Health Record Mngr. This app helps you keep track of medication, immunizations, labs and even your family medical history. Unfortunately it is on the pricier side at nearly $10, but if you have pets, you can even add your dog or cat’s medical information into the app as well.

If you want to have your records installed for you, try My Life Record (free). My Life Record keeps track of essentially the same info as motionPHR Health Record Mngr, namely medical records, X-ray info and labs, but the info is added automatically through a subscription service within the app. Be warned, the “free” app actually costs $59.99 per year (or $129.99 for lifetime service) to have your records fully loaded.

Although you may keep a strong mental record of your health history, keeping track of an illness can often be a much more difficult proposition. That’s where an app like Manage My Pain Pro ($3.99) comes in handy. Manage My Pain Pro helps patients who suffer from cancer, arthritis, chronic pain, headaches and fibromyalgia keep a detailed log of the pain they’re experiencing. When they go speak to a doctor about it later, they can show the reports the app has generated to their physician without having to restate every minute detail of their ailment.

As someone who has spent plenty of time in and out of medical offices in my life, the ability to have my medical records available to me at all times is very cool. I only hope that as these apps evolve, users see more low cost options rather than high priced subscription-based services.