Coronavirus: Apps to help the elderly

Health apps are big business. Millions of health apps are being downloaded every day, and there are more than 325,000 to choose from. With all those apps, it’s hard to know which one to choose, especially when it comes to helping the elderly and vulnerable. ORCHA, an award-winning health app advisor and organization that helps organizations choose the best and safest health apps to recommend to their patients, recently put together a list of the best apps for the elderly to use during the COVID-19 outbreak.

These apps offer support for the elderly and vulnerable and include apps designed for an array of needs from managing COPD to medication reminders, as well as for mental wellness and general well-being. They have been live tested to ensure functionality and ease of use.

An app developed by McKesson Ventures portfolio company CareZone was included in the list.

“CareZone makes it simpler to take care of yourself, an aging parent, or other family members who need your help,” ORCHA writes. The app allows users to take pictures of medications using their smart phone or tablet, and the names, dosages, and other important details are automatically added. CareZone users receive reminders when it’s time to take a medication and refill a prescription; it also tracks adherence progress by recording when doses are taken. It’s also one of only three apps in the list that don’t require in-app purchases for full functionality.

Other free apps in ORCHA’s list include:

  • MyTherapy Medication Reminder. This app allows users to manage medications and track measurements and symptoms. It also provides reminders for users to take their medications and refill prescriptions, and it allows users to track their weight, blood pressure, blood sugars, and more.
  • Zemedy. This app is designed to help users manage their irritable bowel syndrome in order to improve physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. It uses cognitive behavioral therapy and gut-directed hypnotherapy and guides users through a 10-week program that helps them manager their IBS.

Read the full list here.