STEM + wellness: 8 health apps you could work for one day

Health apps
There's an app for everything – yep, even your health. Image: Shutterstock.

What jobs are there in health for computer science grads? Open your phone and start with your apps.

In an era where 78 per cent of us are hitting up Dr Google for health-related information, it’s no secret that digital developments in healthcare have revolutionised the way we seek out, consume and use medicine. Technology is creating exciting opportunities for both our health and our jobs, and there are increasing numbers of tech gigs opening up for computer science grads in application development, programming and UX design.  

Here, we’ve popped together a list of eight awesome apps circulating the eHealth space. Your job? To use your STEM + health smarts to come up with more! 

1. Headspace

A series of easy-to-digest guided meditations, designed to ease anxiety

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2. Sleep Cycle

A sleep-tracker-meets-alarm-clock that analyses a user’s snooze patterns to get them up during their optimum awake window.

3. Simple Contacts

A digital eye exam designed to demonstrate whether a user’s current contact lenses are still effective

4. Symple

A tracking app that allows patients to record and rate their symptoms on an intensity scale before sharing with a doctor

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5. mySugr

Allows those with diabetes to log their food intake and blood glucose levels

6. GoogleFit

Connects with wearable activity trackers to download fitness data, record analytics and set goals

7. PillBoxie

A medical reminder app that alerts patients when they need to take a pill

8. Waterlogged

A water-drinking tracker that allows users to record and input data to receive reminders, alerts and recommendations on their hydration habits

What to study to get STEM + heath-skilled? Get your attention on in:

  • Advanced maths
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Robotics

Keen to know more about the future of health and wellness? Head here for tech developments in sleep, medicine, mental health and fitness. 

Parts of this article originally appeared in Careers with STEM: Code 2019

Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.


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