Smartphone Apps for Health and Wellness

Smartphone Apps for Health and Wellness

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Editors: John Higgins, Mathew Morico
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323992718

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Smartphone Apps for Health and Wellness helps readers navigate the world of smartphone apps to direct them to those which have had the best medical evidence in obtaining the users’ goal. The book covers the history of apps, how they work, and specific apps to improve health and wellness in order to improve patients outcomes. It discusses several types of apps, including apps for medical care, sleeping, relaxation, nutrition, exercise and weight loss. In addition, sections present the features of a good app to empower readers to make their own decision when evaluating which one to use. This is a valuable resource for clinicians, physicians, researchers and members of biomedical field who are interested in taking advantage of smartphone apps to improve overall health and wellness of patients.

Key Features

  • Summarizes smartphone apps with the best evidence to improve health and wellness
  • Discusses the most important features of an app to help readers evaluate which app is appropriate for their specific needs
  • Presents the typical results expected when regularly using an app in order to assist healthcare providers in predicting patient outcomes

Readership

Researchers on medical informatics; clinicians; Healthcare providers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Apps
    2. History of Apps
    3. Apps 101
    4. Do Apps work?
    5. Features of a Good App
    6. Exercise Apps
    7. Weight Loss Apps
    8. Nutrition Apps
    9. Relaxation/Yoga Apps
    10. Sleep Apps
    11. Medical Apps
    12. Apps for Children
    13. Apps for Seniors
    14. Seniors Apps
    15. App Limitations
    16. Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323992718

About the Editors

John Higgins

John P. Higgins, MD, MBA, MPHIL, FACC, FAHA, FACP, FACSM, FASNC, FAGC, is Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, at The Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, ΒΓΣ Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. He is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer, and Director of Exercise Physiology, Memorial Herman Ironman Sports Medicine Institute. Professor Higgins is the right editor for the subject as he has been in the apps space for nearly a decade: he has been using, studying, writing, and talking about/using apps with his patients for about 10 years now, including children, adults, and elderly.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, The Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, ΒΓΣ Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, Houston, Texas, USA

Mathew Morico

Mathew P. Morico is from Houston, Texas where he is currently a third-year medical student at the John P. and Katherine G. McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Science Preprofessional Studies and a supplemental major in Italian Studies. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society and the Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Honor Society and has received numerous awards including the Lawrence H. Baldinger Award for excellence in the healing arts. Mathew’s love for medicine is largely a byproduct of his love for culture. Half-Indian and half-Italian, Mathew grew up fascinated by the way different cultures can impact one’s health. As the recipient of two grants for international scholarship, Mathew lived in Italy every summer of his undergraduate career where he completed an apprenticeship in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at Salvator Mundi International Hospital in Rome and developed his senior thesis entitled Depression: What the United States Can Learn from Italy. In addition, Mathew spent a month in Fort Kochi, Kerala, India where he conducted sensory therapy at a school for children with special needs. His fascination with cultural impacts on health led him to decide early on that he wants to incorporate global and public health into his medical practice. Mathew did a Public Health Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame following the completion of his undergraduate degree. He organized and implemented public health initiatives on campus on topics including sleep, stress, alcohol use, exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness. That same year he founded a wellness brand called Eünoè that focuses on a holistic approach to improving one’s mental and physical health. Currently, there are 35 wellness videos on YouTube. Mathew’s interest in wellness brought him great enthusiasm for the project: Smartphone Apps for Health and Wellness. As new ways to manage one’s health become readily available, such as through the use of apps, Mathew loves to stay up to date and share these new methods with friends, family, and his future patients. In his free time, Mathew loves to cook, travel, and spend time outdoors. He is an avid runner and recently completed his first marathon. It is Mathew’s long-term plan to have a dual-medical practice in the U.S. and Italy, facilitating dialogue in global health and while emphasizing the importance of wellness in one’s health journey.

Affiliations and Expertise

B.S. University of Notre Dame (2019), M.D. McGovern Medical School (expected 2024)

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