Thursday, February 19, 2015

Using Technology to Stay Healthy

Did you know that February is American Heart Month?  It seems like a good time – right when people are most likely falling off their healthy kick from the New Year. 

I try to make healthy living a priority in my life, especially since I have children.  I want them to eat healthy and get regular exercise (this is called playing in my house), and obviously I want to encourage them by showing them that Mama is doing it too.


I was really excited when Apple came out with the new Health app for my iPhone.  It makes tracking my health goals so easy!  I’m apparently not the only one that enjoys using my phone for healthy living.  According to a recent US Cellular survey, 34% of smartphone users have used their phone to help lose weight or improve their health.  Of those, 66% have used an app to keep track of their exercise activities.

The one area of tracking my health with my iPhone that I am most excited about, however, is the fact that telemedicine is becoming more popular. 

For those who haven’t heard of telemedicine, it is essentially the ability to contact your Dr. at home or work and have a Dr.’s appointment through a video call. 

Telemedicine makes health care more efficient by enabling practitioners to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely using technology made available through a reliable wireless network like US Cellular’s high speed 4G LTE network.

I really love this type of service.  It reminds me of how doctors used to make house calls.  It seems like a much better use of time as well.  I know that whenever I go to the Dr.’s I seem to wait and wait and wait for my appointment.  Also, if I am sick, or one of my children, the last thing I want to do is get up and ready to leave the house.  No, no, I do not like to do that, especially with sick children. 

Offering instant, real-time medical consultations is an amazing service!

Of course this service is meant to enhance, and not replace, in-person physician visits which are obviously still recommended for regular care.

It isn’t for emergency situations.

Telemedicine is used to treat minor ailments like cold symptoms, which account for nearly a quarter of all office visits. 

The fact that I can now use my iPhone to have a consultation with my Dr. is incredible to me.  Freeing up my time, saving money and getting an understanding if I really need to get into the office for an in person visit. 

If you don’t know if telemedicine is available in your area, call your Primary Care Physician and ask them!  Discuss your options.  Also check with your insurance provider and see what they cover and offer.  I know that my insurance provider offers some telemedicine coverage already, and I can definitely see it becoming more common in the future.

Most importantly DO YOUR RESEARCH!  Check a third party rating service like vitals.com or NCQA.org to provide you with research on the various telemedicine providers.  Bring that information to your Primary Care Physician and figure out what options might work well for you. 

Have you tried telemedicine before?  Is it something you would be interested in trying out?


*I am not a Doctor!  Discuss any changes in your health care routine with YOUR Doctor.  This is meant to spark a conversation, not be medical advice!

This is a sponsored post by US Cellular.  I am a member of the US Cellular Blogger Brigade and was compensated for this post.  The opinions, as always, are my own.

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2 comments:

  1. Good post about Telemedicine, I recently used a service called Doctors On Demand when I wasn't feeling so great, they were able to prescribe me some meds and got me feeling better again. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This would sure be easier than dragging everyone out to have to sit in a waiting room with germs everywhere. Technology is amazing!

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