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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

U.S. Cellular Helping You Stay Healthy

With February being  American Heart Month it's a good time to think about heart health. With my own Father passing away at the age of 60 from a heart attack it's an issue close to my heart (pun intended).

It may seem silly at first that a smart phone can help your health but it's true.

First of all, it's important to get immediate medical attention with the first signs of a heart attack. Having a mobile device with you means that whether you are at home, in the car, or fishing in a remote stream...you have that access to 911 at hand.

We all know that googling health problems can cause more panic than good, but most of us do it anyway. It can help with a serious problem. 

Now it's possible to "virtually" connect to a doctor with Telemedicine. Sometimes it's not possible to get into your doctor office immediately, or convenient. While you should go to the hospital at the first signs of distress, it is possible for practitioners to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely using technology made available through a reliable wireless network like high speed/4G LTE network available at U.S. Cellular. It’s meant to enhance, not replace, in-person physician visits. Telemedicine is used to treat minor ailments like cold symptoms, which account for nearly a quarter of office visits to primary care doctors.

It saves time as well as money.

Wouldn't it be nice to avoid picking up more germs at the doctor office?

 Ask your Primary Care Physician. Discuss your options with your primary care physician to get their recommendations and see if they already have a relationship with a telemedicine provider.

Check your insurance.  Determine whether your insurance provider covers telemedicine, and if there are any specifications surrounding this coverage.

 Do your research.  Third-party medical rating service websites like Vitals and NCQA provide valuable research on various telemedicine practitioners and services.  

This post is sponsored by the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade. All opinions are my own.

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