Healthcare and information technology have often proved to be an ill-suited pair. Type any given symptoms into Google and you’re often presented with a series of graphic and upsetting worst case scenarios. Accuracy and a human touch are also of vital importance in such a delicate field meaning huge plaudits are due to the creators of iTriage, the best medical advice app available for Android.
Your iTriage experience begins with a biblically long disclaimer written with the sole intention of reminding you an Android app is no substitute for seeing a doctor. While utterly true, this healthcare app does an excellent job of guiding you to the appropriate help for whatever ailments you may be suffering from. Diseases, medications and procedures are all listed alphabetically in a dull but functional manner but symptoms are identified by touching affected areas on an avatar giving intuitive access to relevant advice.
Descriptions, tests and treatments are all described in both clear and simple language with links included in each page for matching images and videos. Unfortunately, these are just automated Google Image and YouTube searches meaning they’re not especially helpful and tend to lean towards the grizzly side.
Where the app really excels, and what holds it back from being a truly great product from our UK-based perspective, is its localised content. Designed for a US audience, right down to predicted health insurance costs for treatment, iTriage allows its users to pick out specialist doctors and facilities for their illness. Clearly we can’t try out this service ourselves but feedback on the Android Market is strong for such an impressive feature.
Another sterling function, available for universal use this time, is My iTriage which allows users to store and make note of their medical requirements thereby catering the app to individual needs rather than a broad mass. It’s this free, comprehensive database matched with a focus on the personalwhich truly marks the app as a worth a download. While not a patch on the real thing, iTriage is the best stab so far at alleviating the stress of illness through a smartphone.
A great medical app with its focus firmly on individual care, shame about its US-centric GPS tools.