My Newest Sanity Saver: Telehealth Visits

{This post is sponsored by Amwell; however, we would not promote or work with a business we did not believe to be reputable or relevant to our readers. All opinions are my own.}

I think it has been six weeks…six weeks since all four people in my household were healthy. Since that time we’ve each endured weeks of coughing, boxes of tissues, sore throats and sleepless nights. And now we’re starting round two. The very last thing I feel up to is bringing my brood to the pediatrician’s office inhabited by every other virus in the city and then heading home knowing I’ll get a hefty bill in the mail. I needed another option for my sanity last week, and it conveniently showed up in my email inbox: the Amwell telehealth app. Yup. Need to visit the doctor—even at midnight? There IS an app for that!

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In about the time it would have taken me to load my kids in the car, I had downloaded the app and connected with a physician. After about 15 minutes of conversation (and her looking inside my mouth/throat via my camera – which was weird and cool at the same time), she filled the prescription for my sinus infection at the pharmacy down the street and I went on with my day (because we moms go on with our day in sickness and in health)!

AmwellBlog3Amwell is one of the leading telehealth services in the U.S. and has received numerous accolades from the healthcare and technology worlds. Founded by two doctors, Amwell is dedicated to providing users with high quality, Board Certified, licensed care (doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, psychologists, therapists and social workers) over desktop/mobile video in under two minutes. They work with the nation’s largest health insurance companies, most prestigious hospital systems and many of the largest self-insured employers in the United States.

Besides getting convenient, quality care for the whole family, Amwell visits are only $49—much less than a trip to urgent care or the emergency room. Plus, you can actually get your FIRST VISIT FREE by using the promo code CITYMOMS in the payment section.

And if you do end up needing to make an office appointment, you can look for a local provider with the handy Amwell find a doctor page.

It may not be visiting a doctor in a traditional sense, but hey, since when has Portland been traditional? If a little healthcare 2.0 can make life easier for me and my family, it’s gold in my book. Besides, I stay connected to all my extended family via my mobile phone and iPad, so why not try it with my doctor?

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Consider giving Amwell a try the next time someone in your family needs to see a healthcare provider. And if you do, please let us know how it worked for you!

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