Melon app

A health and wellness app with a variety of programmes. This review is of the COVID-19 programme.

Melon By Melon Health
Features
  • Tracks sleep, activity, feelings
  • Wellbeing articles and videos 
  • Shared community
  • Personal coach

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Clinical review  For COVID-19:

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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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Cost Free

What does the app do?

The Melon app is a health and wellness app with a variety of programmes. The app is aimed at people who are feeling anxious or stressed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The app has the following main sections:

  • Program, also called 'Living well program', which has 4 modules covering COVID-19-related anxiety, staying connected, making the most of self-isolation and looking after yourself and others. The modules cover standard psychological tools.
  • Health journal in which you can record your sleep, activity and feelings. It integrates with multiple third-party wellness tools like Fitbit and Strava. 
  • Community, which is a shared online community in which you can ask questions and share ideas and thoughts anonymously. 
  • Resources has multiple videos, podcasts and articles on a range of wellbeing topics. 
  • I need help has an emergency contact list and emergency exercises. 

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PROS CONS 

✔ The Community section is quite active and has quite involved community support workers (13 at the time of writing).

✔ Send private messages to a support worker for coaching.

✔ Has a medical records section where you can add images of your medical notes.

✔ Weekly wellbeing survey with tracking.

✔ Optional notifications and reminders.

✔ Free for COVID-19. They advertise other programmes for long-term conditions, such as diabetes, but Health Navigator has only reviewed the COVID-19 programme.

✘ The program section has no way of tracking progress and doesn't have any interactive worksheets.

✘ The resources and program sections seem to use WebView, which leads to some minor navigation problems.

✘ The medical records section only supports images, not documents or free text.

✘ It's not optimised for tablet and uses a zoomed-in phone version with large black bars.

Review details

Date of review: April 2020
Platform reviewed: Android and Apple
Version: 3.22.0

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