Mysterious Rankings -Top 5 iPhone Medical Apps in July 2013

July 12, 2013 9:32 am
Posted By: Jenny Jin

With the increasing adoption of mobile technology and improvements to the usefulness of mobile applications (apps), more and more healthcare providers are using mobile apps to support clinical practice, and increasing numbers of consumers are using mobile apps to support health and wellness activities. One’s healthcare is no longer limited to their doctor’s hands, but individuals are being empowered. Here we detail the highest ranked healthcare mobile apps in ITunes, which are chosen from the healthcare category for iPhone app on June 9, 2013.

However, how iTunes rank the apps is still a mystery to users and technology pundits. What we know is that the ranking is not only based on downloads, but also based on other factors such as rating, usage of the app, and installation/uninstallation rate. With more factors taken into account for the ranking, iTunes can avoid the cycle of ranking driven solely by downloads rather than indicators of app utility (like user rating). Although we (and others due to a lack of Apple transparency) are unable to answer exactly why these apps are the top 5 rankings, we are able to show the weekly ranking trend for them including some of their metrics.

No.1 Urgent Care by GreatCall

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

User: Consumers

Urgent Care gives you access to a live, registered nurse who can classify your medical questions. A doctor will call you back within 30 minutes if needed, and give you assessment, advice, and diagnosis of a variety of conditions. The doctor can also provide common medications. This “Call to Urgent Care” service will cost you $3.99, but it still ranks as the top in-app purchases. Urgent Care features a medical dictionary and medical encyclopedia, and an interactive system checker.

Figure1. iPhone app screenshots


Figure 2. 30-day Rankings (*chart by TopAppCharts)



No.2 Ovulation Calendar & Fertility Calculator by Tsavo

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (563 ratings)

Users: Consumers

This app can help you find out exactly when you ovulate. You will be able to track ovulation now and in the following month, and discover when the baby will born if you are pregnant. Although tracking the ovulation can be complicated, Ovulation Calendar & Fertility Calculator provides a range of days of your most fertile days each month. The iPad version for Ovulation Calendar & Fertility Calculator is easy to use as well, and ranks Top 25 iPad Medical apps.

Figure3. iPhone app screenshots


Figure 4. 30-day Rankings (*chart by TopAppCharts)



No.3 MedCoach Medication Reminder by GreatCall

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (405 ratings)

User: Consumers

MedCoach is an easy-to-use medical app. It provides you with a personal medication schedule, and reminders and alerts for you take pills at the right time and day. It logs the pill you took and will connect the pharmacy once you need to refill prescriptions. MedCoach can create a list of your medications for either your doctor or health providers. With this medication reminder app, you can manage your medication more easily.

Figure5. iPhone app screenshots


Figure 6. 30-day Rankings (*chart by TopAppCharts)



No.4 Pregnancy Test & Pregnant Symptom Checker Quiz by Rebellion Media

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)

Users: Consumers

The two weeks from the time you ovulate to the time your period is due can seem like forever. With this Pregnancy Test app, you will have the result by entering the data of your last period, recording the data of your last sexual intercourse, checking off the symptoms are you are experiencing currently, and choosing the type of birth control you are using. And you don’t need to worry about your information to be leaked since they are all kept confidential. It not only offers the iPhone version, but also gives you access on your iPad.

Figure7. iPhone app screenshots


Figure 8. 30-day Rankings (*chart by TopAppCharts)



No.5 MyChart by Epic

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (509 ratings)

User: Consumers

MyChart provides access to the lab results, appointments information, immunization history, and etc. You can easily look up your health information and stay in touch with your physicians. You are able to look up family’s health information with MyChart. However, for privacy concern, you must first create an account through the healthcare provider so as to access your information.

Figure9. iPhone app screenshots


Figure 10. 30-day Rankings (*chart by TopAppCharts)