Last week, we discussed how apps are transforming healthcare and medicine. Due to your positive feedback, we’ve decided to begin a series on life-changing apps. We will discuss apps that disrupt industries, improve your life, and change how the world works.

This week, we’ll focus on apps that change how you travel.

iBart

iBart was one of the first iPhone transportation apps, one that started a trend. Immediately after the iPhone was released, the developers at Pandav saw the importance of mobile transportation apps and got to work on iBart.

iBart manages your travel on the BART transportation system from anywhere in the San Francisco Bay area. It comes with a trip planner that doesn’t require internet access (so it works in tunnels), station information, scheduled arrivals, a beautifully designed BART map, and service advisories. Pandav has also released apps for Chicago, DC, and more, so be sure to see what they have available for public transportation in your area.

Getaround

Getaround was the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC. It’s a peer-to-peer car rental marketplace – kind of like Airbnb for cars. As a car owner, you rent your car to Getaround users for an hourly fee. If you are borrowing a car, all you need to do is use the Getaround app to unlock the car you are borrowing. You can see all the cars available for rent on a map, or you can search for cars by address.

INRIX Traffic

INRIX Traffic

INRIX Traffic helps you find the fastest route to the places you want to go by helping you avoid traffic. It will show you the best times to leave for your destination, and you can save a set of favorite destinations or preferred routes. If commuting is a big part of your life, installing this app once might show you a route that saves you hours per year.

Taxi Magic

Our office loves Taxi Magic. Enter your location and a pick-up time, and the app will ping a cab in the area to get you. Even better, you can use the app to pay and add a tip at the end of your ride. You’ll also get an email receipt. You need to enter your credit card info and address before you can get started, but once you do, grabbing a cab is easy.

Apps have become an integral part of travel. It’s rare these days to travel for more than a few miles without loading some kind of app. Taking advantage of the best tools available makes travel far easier, whether by helping you worry less, finding you a taxi, or by showing you routes you never knew existed.

We’re always on the lookout for great apps. What transportation apps do you use?

Quixey is built on the idea that apps are powerful. Apps have drastically changed our daily lives, and we’re starting to see them change industries.

Apps are particularly promising in the healthcare and medicine industry. Web and mobile-based tools now exist that can vastly improve your health, or even save your life.

We’ve listed a few of the most interesting apps below – take a look, and perhaps you’ll find something for you.

HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker

This iPhone app is truly amazing. Enter your data to track your weight, resting heart rate, and blood pressure. The app will use this data to calculate your blood pressure, pulse, and body mass index. Over time the app builds trends to help you monitor your health.

It takes some discipline to continually add data to HeartWise. Even so, this app could be incredibly useful and promising if you build that data entry into your schedule. You can export your data to perform analysis or show your doctor.

Skin Scan

This app is essentially a personal skin cancer prevention system. Just take a picture of your skin, and this app will assess your risk of skin cancer by scanning and analyzing your moles.

You can also track cases over time to analyze their progression, helping you monitor your health between doctor appointments.

AirStrip

AirStrip is one of many apps being used by hospitals. It is designed for doctors to remotely monitor their patients, pulling information from hundreds of different patient monitors and ECG machines. This helps eliminate time delay in the clinical assessment and treatment of patients. The app is accessible anywhere with cellular or Wi-Fi access.

These are just a few examples, but the point is clear: technology is making huge strides towards goals like remote medical diagnosis, real time health monitoring and personalized treatment. On an individual level, these apps have the potential to drastically improve your quality of life. On the industry level, apps could be revolutionary.

We are moving into the era of digital medicine. Each of these apps can replace or augment an entire test or process at the doctors office, saving you time, money, and health. Apps aren’t just mobile games anymore – they’re pieces of technology that change the way you live.