Using Tech to Manage Your Health in the New Year

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the U.S. Cellular  Ambassador Program.  All opinions are my own.

*I am not a doctor, nor claim to have all the answers to your health questions.  Please talk to your own doctor before changing your health regimen.

I hope I am not the only one that is already looking ahead to 2017!  I have been reflecting on the past year and changes that I want to make in the new year, and of course one of the top changes is to concentrate more on my health.

As a mom I definitely have occasions where I am putting everyone else first, and there is not a whole lot left over for me.


I am really excited to start using my iPhone to help me get my health on track.

Today’s mobile devices are empowering people to become more engaged in health and wellness than ever before, and this interest goes beyond apps that count calories or track steps.

Using my iPhone to track my health goals is so awesome, because everything is right at my fingertips all the time. 

Our mobile devices are able to do so much more than tracking steps and counting calories, although that is a great tool to have, and perfect for those of us who are at the beginning of getting our health on track. 


Smartphones and tablets have become medical instruments in and of themselves.  They can provide blood test results, medication information, glucose readings, medical images and much more.

The high-speed network and nationwide coverage U.S. Cellular provides allows mobile devices to collect data, stay connected to the Internet, and accompany their users anywhere, anytime.

How amazing to be able to keep track of all of your records and health information in a device that is with you all the time?


There are many amazing apps that can help keep your health on track in the New Year.

Apps to help manage chronic diseases:

The Diabetes Tracker – (IOS and Android, $9.99) with Blood Glucose/Carb Log by MyNetDiary is a comprehensive app helping individuals better understand and control their diabetes and diet. The easy-to-use app allows users to track insulin and medication and set reminders to take their blood glucose.

MySugr Diabetes Logbook(IOS and Android, Free) is another great app that synchronizes health data automatically via Bluetooth. The app allows users to easily log meals and view glucose graphs.

Apps that monitor your heart, help track medications and keep track of family medical records:

CareZone – (IOS and Android, Free) lets users create a list of medications, dosages and schedules directly from the device’s photo library. The app also documents and shares symptoms with a user’s family or doctor, while providing a place to store vital insurance information and schedule reminders for upcoming appointments.

Instant Heart Rate – (IOS and Android, Free) allows users to measure their heart rate wherever they are by simply placing a finger on the device’s camera. The app records heart rate data and notes each measurement with details on physical activity.

My Medical – (IOS and Android, $4.99) is a comprehensive record-keeping app for personal medical information.  Users can keep track of immunizations, blood pressure, cholesterol, emergency contacts, health insurance and doctor’s information. It will automatically keep track of upcoming appointments on the smartphone’s calendar app. Not only can you keep track of your own medical records, you can also keep track of your kids’, parents’, and others.  


Medical Advice for non-emergency Situations:

Doctor on Demand – (IOS and Android, Free for the app, $49/doctor visit) delivers quick medical advice for non-emergency situations.  The app provides video visits with a board-certified physician, psychologist or more from home or anywhere. There is no subscription fee, but doctor visits are $49.

I think the Doctor on Demand is probably my favorite out of the group – and this is purely coming from a mom with littles point of view!  If I can *see* a doctor without having to pack up three kids in the car, awesome.


What are some ways you use tech to help manage your health?

21 comments:

  1. I use my iphone for a lot of health things and its been really helpful! I am in awe at all the new apps to help us stay healthy or get medical advice. Amazing what technology can do these days!

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  2. Smartphones are capable of so much. The Doctor on Demand app is very cool. I had never heard of it, but I will definitely be downloading it in the future!

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  3. I was just diagnosed as pre-diabetic, so I am going to download the My Sugr Logbook for sure. I've used My Fitness Pal for years, but had no idea there were so many other useful apps for tracking health info!

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  4. I use my Apple watch to help me keep track of my daily activity. I don't really have any special apps loaded to it so I will def. check out what is available for it to help me out in 2017!

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  5. I've been thinking about getting an Apple Watch! It'll track my steps , I can set a picture of my puppy on it, and read text messages off of it which seems pretty cool!

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  6. I like the sound of the doctor on demand, it would be handy when you have little niggles and worries that you want checked out!

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  7. I love my garmin watch as my tracker! I can't believe all the different options available

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  8. These are really neat apps. I got a Fitbit for Christmas this year (was the one thing I really wanted) because my focus in 2017 is to be more aware of my health. It is amazing the things that we don't pay mind to that we really should be.

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  9. My husband has the android version of the apple watch and loves it. It really has made a difference! I use My Fitness Pal, it's great for ensuring I eat enough in a day!

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  10. These are great tips and I need to put them into effect for 2017. Managing my health is a top priority this year!

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  11. Wow, apps have really come a long way. I'm not familiar with any of these but I'm going to check them out. The Doctor on Demand sound pretty cool.

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  12. I had no idea you could track things like blood sugar through apps. These are amazing. I want to try the doctor on demand app right away!

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  13. these devices are so interesting. Right now I am using an apple watch and it helps stay healthy through out they day.

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  14. Wow, I didn't even know about many of these apps! I got a Jawbone for Chrismtas to track my steps and sleep and link it up to an app on my phone. There are some really great apps and devices out there to keep us healthy and aware!

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  15. This is so amazing! I love how technology is continuously helping improve the quality of life for people and of course how its paths to new cures and discoveries. Cheers!

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  16. I would love to get some of these apps! I'm trying to get healthier and that's one of the biggest goals I have for 2017

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  17. It is so great how there are so many different ways to do this. Technology is such a huge part of our lives.

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  18. It is so amazing what technology can do now a days, it makes me so grateful that I live when I do.

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  19. This is amazing. Technology is awesome and is able to improve lives every day!

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  20. I use my phone to help monitor things and have been eying an Apple Watch for some time now. Love how technology can help us!!!

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  21. I am a big fan of tech and gadgets. I personally utilize my phone for a lot of things. I do however also own a nike fuelband SE. While it isn't as latest as the new devices out there in the market - it still gets the job done. Thank you for sharing this awesome round up.

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