Have you ever been sick at work, quickly going through box after box of tissues instead of the mounting pile of tasks on your desk?
Have you been away for the weekend or on a family vacation when one of your children develops an unusual rash or hacking cough?
Maybe your college-aged child, away from home, texted you in the middle of the night complaining of chills or stomach pains.
Whether you’ve experienced similar situations in the past, or will in the future, how great would it be to know you could have a board-certified doctor at your fingertips when you need one most?
Thanks to telemedicine — and the Internet — you can.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a wonderful event called the LiveHealth® Online Summit: Women Connect to Health in New York City.
Sponsored by LiveHealth Online and EmpowHER, the survey whose results were revealed at the event, focused on “Moms and Health Technology.”
The event featured some great speakers including Melissa Joan Hart, an actress and mother of three, Michelle King Robson, founder of EmpowHER, Dr. Mia Finkelston, Medical Director of the Online Care Group of physicians who see patients through LiveHealth Online, and Sarah Haflett, Director of the PwC Health Research Institute.
The speakers came from a variety of health-related backgrounds, and discussed advancements in health care technologies and how moms can use technology tools to manage both their personal health and the health of their families.
“As a busy working mom of three young children it can be challenging to see our doctor when we need to address a non-emergency health issue” said Hart. “This is why I felt it was important to be part of this dialogue about how mobile technology is evolving and providing moms like me with new tools that help manage, track and access health information. Now, more than ever, women need access to information and technology that enable them to focus on health and wellness for themselves and their families.”
LiveHealth Online is just one example of the many technology tools changing health care for moms.
LiveHealth Online connects you, face-to-face through a computer or mobile device, with a U.S.-based board-certified doctor who can then provide medical advice for common ailments.
Available 24/7, 365 days a year, it costs the same or less than a regular doctor visit. While it’s not meant to replace routine medical care, it can certainly augment your family’s health care in a simple, convenient way.
The market for digital health options, including apps and wearables, is expected to be $30 billion by 2020, according to Haflett. That’s no surprise, given some of the findings of the recent “Moms and Health Technology” survey conducted by EmpowHER and LiveHealth Online.
Seventy-nine percent of moms surveyed said that they’re interested in trying or learning more about telemedicine to help themselves and their families when faced with a non-emergency medical issue. All survey participants said that they are interested in having 24/7 access to doctors and other health care offerings.
A little more than half of those surveyed said that online video doctor visits would make them more confident about attending to their family’s health — or that it would be like having a health security blanket. And 61 percent of women surveyed believe that health tech innovations will result in their kids being healthier.
I don’t know about you, but LiveHealth Online is one of the new, credible, easy-to-use tech tools I plan to use to keep myself and my family healthy at the times when we need it most.
How do you use technology to manage your family’s health?
Edited by Jody Smith
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