What Are Some of the Best Medical Alert Apps?

A lot of people wonder whether to invest in a medical alert system when they can use their smartphones to dial for help during an emergency. And while smartphones do prove of benefit during some of life's most vulnerable moments, they don't offer everything that personal medical alert systems do. However, because medical alert systems and smartphones have risen in popularity, some of today's more innovative companies have come up with ways to integrate medical alert systems with smartphones — thus being why medical alert apps are becoming so popular.

Not all medical alert apps coincide with a particular medical alert system. There are numerous standalone medical alert apps. And while these apps are valuable, they don’t provide everything that a personal medical alert system does. This is why it’s important to look for medical alert systems that come with their own medical alert apps — this way you get the best of both worlds.

How Do Medical Alert System Apps Work?

A medical alert system app allows you to access various features of the medical alert system via your smartphone. You can use the app to call for assistance as well as share information with friends and family who you want to have access to your medical data. Let’s say you use a medical alert system that monitors your daily activity. Your family can use the app to see how active you have been throughout the day. If they notice little to no activity, this alerts them to check on you.

How Do Standalone Medical Alert Apps Work?

Standalone medical alert apps download straight to your smartphone and don’t have to be used with a compatible medical alert system. They give you the ability to access immediate medical assistance and also help medical professionals access your location using GPS monitoring. Some apps allow you to store contacts, such as family members, and in the event of a medical emergency, the app will contact those contacts. A lot of the apps also store your medical information, easily allowing medical professionals to access the data during an emergency.

While using a medical alert app can definitely prove of benefit during an emergency, using a smartphone during a vulnerable moment is only smooth in theory. There's a good chance you may not have your smartphone nearby during an emergency. When wearing a medical alert system pendant, necklace or watch, you can rest easy knowing that you can call for help with the press of a button. Plus, smartphones often lose power very quickly, while medical alert system devices have batteries that last for days.

Best Medical Alert Systems With Apps

Here’s a look at some of the top medical alert systems that come with their own apps.

Bay Alarm Medical Splitsecnd In-Car Medical Alert System

This medical alert system comes with a web and mobile tracking app. It features crash detection technology as well as GPS and cellular capabilities. The system plugs into your car and allows you to access a live emergency response agent with the press of a button.

MobileHelp Classic Medical Alert System

The MobileHelp Classic medical alert system comes with quick response times, large, colorful buttons, and free web and mobile apps. The system uses cellular technology and gives you access to a 24/7 emergency response center.

Medical Guardian Freedom Guardian System

Providing fast response times and mobile and web apps, the Medical Guardian Freedom Guardian system is a favorite among many seniors. It features GPS and Wi-Fi tracking as well as messaging and calendar capabilities. The system is worn as a smartwatch and gives your family members the ability to send you text messages and calendar reminders straight to the device.

Best Standalone Medical Alert Apps

Here’s a look at three of the more popular standalone medical alert apps.

Fade: Fall Detector

This app downloads to your smartphone and uses sensors in the phone to provide fall detection. It allows you to add a predefined contact that the app reaches out to in the event that it detects you have fallen. When it contacts the predefined contact — either through text or email — it tells them the time and location of the fall.


This medical alert app allows you to store three emergency contacts. During an emergency, you simply open the app and shake your smartphone or press the main button to reach out for help. All contacts are alerted via text message. The message gives the contacts your GPS location to ensure you can be found quickly. If preferred, you can become a premium user, which means you then have the ability to carry out a conference call between you and your emergency contacts.

Lifeline Response

This app integrates with your phone's GPS and gives you access to 24/7 agents. If you press the Lifeline Response icon within the app, you are then connected to one of the 24/7 agents who can send medical assistance to you as well as connect you with family and friends. You can also enter all of your medical data into the app, making the data easily accessible to the agent who can relay the information to emergency medical professionals.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are lots of medical alert systems that come with apps as well as standalone medical alert apps. Always remember that these two services are not interchangeable. A medical alert system will almost always provide better convenience and more robust medical alert options. A medical alert system is going to cost more in the long run, but it comes with professional monitoring. Standalone apps only provide minor support during a medical emergency.

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