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Mobile Resources for Health: Patient Education Apps

General Apps


MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mobile tablet application puts health information at your fingertips. It features important health articles, Disease of the Week, current outbreaks, popular journals, timely updates, and access to social media. Wherever you go, you’ll have 24/7 access to important and timely health information that you can use to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.

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  Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation to advance the national dialog on avoiding unnecessary/wasteful medical tests and treatments. It includes recommendations from numerous medical specialty boards on which common tests, procedures, or treatments should be questioned by clinicians and their patients. The app includes separate lists for clinicians and patients.

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Games for Your Health

Monster Guard

In this American Red Cross app, aimed at children ages 7 through 11 and reviewed by USGS, FEMA, CDC, NOAA, and NFPA., children learn from experts about preparing for emergencies. The app is sponsored by Disney and brings fun gaming mechanics together with the latest research on emergency preparation. Challenge Your Health IQ

From the CDC, this app is a fun and educational health trivia game to explore Public Health knowledge.

Pet Health


  Pet First Aid

Like their human first aid app, the American Red Cross has produced a detailed pet first aid tool.  Types of emergencies included range from allergic reactions to heat-related emergencies to wounds.  Step-by-step directions are clearly displayed and indicate when to contact your vet.


  ASPCA Poison Control App

Provided by the ASPCA, this app identifies food, plant, and household risks to your pets (from dogs and cats to horses and birds).  Includes color images for identification and a toxicity chart based on pet weight and amount consumed for commonly searched substances like chocolate.


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The AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines app provides access to the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines. The app offers treatment recommendations approved by expert panels for the treatment of adult, adolescent, pediatric, and perinatal HIV infection, as well as the prevention and treatment of HIV-related opportunistic infections in adults, adolescents, and children.


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The AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Drug Database app provides access to the same drug information provided by the AIDSinfo Drug Database. The app provides mobile access to information about drugs approved to treat HIV infection, drugs that are used to treat other infections or diseases common to people living with HIV, and also HIV/AIDS-related drugs that are being studied in clinical trials. The app automatically refreshes content, so the information is always up to date.

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The AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Glossary app provides access to the same terms found in the AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms. The app includes English and Spanish definitions of more than 700 HIV/AIDS-related terms.


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The HIV Testing & Care Services Locator is a first-of-its-kind, location-based search tool that allows you to search for testing services, housing providers, health centers and other service providers near your current location. This search tool was developed by


Exercise and Fitness Apps


Strava allows you to track runs and bicycle rides, compare performance over time, compete with yourself and others, and connect the app to social media to share photos, stories, and highlights with friends. 



Argus allows you to count your steps, map your runs, track your sleep and count your cups of water and coffee. It's mostly recommended as a pedometer app, but can drain your battery if you aren't careful.



MyFitnessPal is an app that allows you to track your calories and set healthy weight goals. Recording food is made particularly easy with a barcode scanner that can be used to list individual meals or compile recipes. 

Disaster Response Apps

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In Florida, we should all be prepared for hurricane season from June 1st to November 30th.  This app allows you to track hurricanes in real time, check off your emergency supplies list, get more information about staying safe during the storm, and take quizzes to test your knowledge.


 Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go-Bag

This page lists apps relevant to first responders and those who may need to access emergency medicine information in the case of a natural disaster or catastrophic event. While not all apps will be relevant to all professions, these have all been vetted as useful for finding relevant medical information in case of emergency. Since this is a resource with numerous apps, many are available on both Android and Apple platforms, but not all. 


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