Helpful Healthcare Apps

As if your smartphone didn’t already enhance your life enough, now it has a helpful bedside manner.
Isabella and Samantha giggle over breakfast while busy dad BEn Stangland shows off his Group Health Mobile app

Last year, Group Health and Swedish Medical Center launched smartphone apps to connect their patients with a wealth of resources. Group Health Mobile allows you to check wait times at clinics, refill prescriptions, check symptoms and—as of January—check your child’s immunization records.

Symptom Checker iPhone and Android apps from Swedish Medical Center also offers aid to parents, using a questionnaire response system to help diagnose what ails your kids. While not a replacement for a visit with your doctor, apps that let you check symptoms can really help in a pinch, says Group Health spokesperson and mom Katie McCarthy.