Anyone else have a habit of Internet self-diagnosing when something ails you? Disclaimer: this isn’t typically the right thing to do. Still, WebMD has made it increasingly easy to check your symptoms against a (sometimes overwhelming) variety of health issues to help figure out what’s going on with your body. You also no longer need a computer to play Internet doctor: there’s an app for that; it’s a pretty decent one too.
What Does It Do?
WebMD for Android helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools. Features include WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. The WebMD App also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – which is pretty critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need.
How Well Does It Work?
The app itself works pretty well. It’s a great supplement to (or replacement for) the web-based application. I use WebMD primarily to gain more knowledge about a medical issue for which I’ve already been diagnosed. Doctors don’t always give you all the information (or maybe you don’t always hear all of it) so it’s nice to have a reliable place to go for backup info. I like how the app is easy to use and gives you a lot of information about conditions, treatments, medications, etc. I also like how it gives critical first aid information and helps you locate a doctor for your issues.
I do feel the need to clarify (again) that WebMD is not a substitute for an official doctor visit. Still, it’s conveniently tempting to use technology to gain better insight into health issues, especially if they pop up out of nowhere. However, using a variety of symptoms to help diagnose a problem can easily send your mind running in multiple directions. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed when your symptoms seem to match multiple medical conditions, some of which can be quite concerning. It’s important to remember to use this app as a tool to assist you in making informed medical divisions along with your doctor – not to replace him/her.
Like any app, it tends to crash and be a little buggy at times. The updates usually take care of those and the developers seem to be on top addressing user-reported issues. It’s not quite as detailed as what you can find through the web-based version, but maybe this is actually a blessing and not a curse.
If you’re already a user of the WebMD website then I think the app would be pretty useful. If it’s valuable to be able to stay on top of certain health issues, or navigate new ones, it’s definitely a positive asset to your regular course of treatment. It works well, provides good info and can provide important first aid information in a pinch. It can also give you peace of mind (or potentially more anxiety) about arising medical symptoms. If you like the website then the app is worth checking out.