4 ways to the get the most out of your healthcare apps

October 23, 2019

One of the best things about health technology today is the ability to share our everyday health information with the doctor. And the Teladoc app syncs with the Apple Health app, which provides four critical measurements:

  • Body temperature
  • Diastolic blood pressure
  • Systolic blood pressure

These data help Teladoc’s physicians make diagnoses and recommend treatments for non-emergency conditions such as flu, upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, and other illnesses.

So how do you get all the apps and gadgets talking to each other and then connected to Teladoc’s app? Glad you asked!

Step 1: Set up the Apple Health app on your iPhone

In the Apple Health app, go to your profile, then select “Apps” under the “Privacy” heading to:

  • determine which apps to sync to Apple Health
  • provide the Teladoc app with access to your body temperature and blood pressure readings

The selection of healthcare apps is absolutely endless, so opt for versions that sync with Apple Health and offer the features you need or want. Here are a few that are great for tracking vital statistics, nutrition, and physical activity:

Body temperature Blood pressure and heart rate Blood glucose Nutrition data, weight, and physical activity
  • Kinsa smart thermometer
  • OMRON connect
  • Qardio App
  • Dexcom G6
  • OneTouch Reveal
  • Lose It!
  • MyFitnessPal
  • Seven
  • Withings Health Mate

Note: The Apple Watch also tracks heart rate and physical activity. And most nutrition apps also track the calories you burn.

Step 2: Download the Teladoc app

  • If it’s not already installed on your phone, you can get the Teladoc app at https://www.teladoc.com/mobile/.
  • If you’re new to the app, you’ll see the prompt “Share your health kit data.” You’ll have to confirm that the health data on the device (phone, tablet) you’re using is your information. To confirm, tap “Yes, sync my health data.”
  • If you’ve been using the app but haven’t synced your Apple Health app to it, go to your profile, then select “Apps” under “Privacy,” and select the measurements you want to sync to your Teladoc app.

Step 3: Go forth and do!

Although your physical activity, blood glucose levels, and nutrition data don’t sync directly to Teladoc, they connect with the Apple Health app and are invaluable guides to help you with fitness and nutrition goals, diabetes management, and other conditions that you want to monitor.

The best part of these apps is that once they’re synced, you don’t have to do much else except be active, test your glucose, and log your meals. While that last one sounds time-consuming, you’ll be surprised how easily you can get into the habit. Most nutrition apps already include nutrition data on an extensive list of grocery items and restaurant dishes, so you won’t have to track down the information from labels and restaurant menus. You can also add dishes, including personal recipes, to the app’s database.

Step 4: Remember the Teladoc app when you get sick

Your Teladoc app does a whole lot more than keep track of your vitals. Use it to request a visit with a Teladoc physician 24/7 anywhere you are in the U.S. You can also use it to visit with the doctor, as well as keep a current list of your medications, list your primary care physician, and select a nearby pharmacy that’s convenient for you. You can even store this information for your eligible dependents!

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