Health, Sport, and the mobile web

The impact of the mobile web on the health industry is under development and its full potential has to be still exploited.

One example of how the use of smart phones can make the process of buying prescription drugs more efficient, is the mobile application Refill by Scan introduced by Walgreens (and similar ones are being provided by Rite Aid and CVS): pointing a smart phone’s camera on e barcode printed on a prescription label to seamlessly, users can order a refill in seconds.

Finally, millions of pharmacy customers are subscribed to get notifications via text message when their prescriptions are ready.

But the mobile revolution doesn't only bring advantages. Smart phones are typically held at closer distances to the eyes that newspapers or magazines, placing increased demands on the eye’s ability to correct for distance and coordination between eyes. This can lead to eyestrain and headaches.

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Gym & Fitness Mobile Apps

Mobile phones are increasingly being used as music players to help those endless minutes fly by and as a motivational tool when running, or using treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes, rowing machines, arm bikes, steppers, or weight machines.

There is also a great number of fitness apps available: you plug in your objectives and lifestyle, and the app offers suggestions for exercise routines. Some apps have built-in interval timers, photos and videos of individual exercises with step by step instructions.

Runners, cyclists and walkers will instead appreciate the GPS and 3G internet connectivity provided by smartphones, which allow you to build a defined track and stick to it. With fitness mapping applications you can monitor the exercise route and get statistics and feedback on your workout.

Lastly, location sharing applications can send reports on your current position on a map to people you know, so if something happens to you, it is very easy for them to find you.