Video: How Can Applications Aid Me in My Healthcare Journey?

Voiceover: This program is made possible with the support and collaboration of Pfizer Oncology.

Carmen:

Hi! Welcome back.

In the last video, we talked about mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, and how they can work for you. Let’s do a quick review of what we learned:

Smartphones and tablets are very similar–the main difference is the size of the screen and their portability.

You can download apps on both devices.

You may have already used the Apple App Store or Google Play to find and download an app.

Quincy:

So, now that you are familiar with how to download an app, we’re going to explore which ones may help support your healthcare journey.

Carmen:

And I want to mention a few important notes before we discuss specific apps:

  • Many are free, but some may charge a fee to download the app.
  • And some apps may also charge a fee for in-app services. For example, a newspaper’s app may enable you to access more in-depth articles for a fee.
  • Remember to pay attention to hidden costs and monthly subscriptions for “free” apps.

Overall, use your judgement and be a savvy consumer, just as you would offline.

Quincy:

You may have heard the phrase “There’s an app for that!” It’s true. There’s really an app for almost everything, including your health.

Health-related apps can make managing your health more convenient. For example, I like to use a fitness app to track my exercise habits and progress.

In addition to tracking diet and fitness, apps can help you:

  • Set up reminders so that you take your medication on time.
  • Keep track of appointments.
  • Track your disease symptoms.
  • And, jot down questions for your doctor.

Carmen:

And there are cancer-specific apps like Cancer.net Mobile, which you can use to keep track of your questions, symptoms and appointments all in one app.

You can also research your condition with apps from sources like the National Comprehensive Cancer Network—also known as the NCCN.

Quincy:

Let’s move on to another way apps can be useful: transportation.

With frequent appointments and treatments, some patients have trouble getting around, and that’s where ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft come in.

These apps can be used on most smartphones and payment can be processed using your debit or credit card, so you don’t need to deal with payment or tip in-person. You’ll see an estimate of the trip cost in advance, so that you can make sure it meets your budget.

Carmen:

And for the days that you don’t feel like cooking or going to the grocery store, there are also apps that offer delivery services for a fee. Here are just a few:

Uber Eats delivers food from nearby restaurants. I usually get Uber Eats to deliver food when I’m up late studying!

Instacart will deliver groceries from participating stores in your area.

Postmates delivers from both restaurants and stores.

Quincy:

So, what are your next steps?

Identify which apps we discussed that may be right for you and download them on your phone to start getting familiar with their services.

Remember, you can always delete an app if it isn’t working for you.

And you can re-watch any of these videos to see the examples we provided and how to access them.

Carmen:

There are a number of apps that are meant to help provide emotional support. Join us for the next video as we review what’s available.

See you soon!