So, what is Amwell anyway? It is the nation's largest telehealth company, which connects patients with board-certified, licensed doctors (most with an average of 15 years in practice), for an immediate one-on-on live online chat, no matter the time of day -- day or night. You can access Amwell either with your mobile device (iPhone or iPad) or desktop computer. Now how is that for convenience? I don't know about you, but I couldn't help but smile thinking about how convenient Amwell is, in that I just have to reach for my iPhone or iPad and within minutes can be connected and talking with a doctor, and on my way to having the girls or myself feeling better. Who knew going to the doctor's could be so simply and painless?
"Amwell is also the first telehealth service awarded accreditation by The American Telemedicine Association"
Thanks to Amwell, this telehealth company created by doctors, is making doctor's visits more appealing, not just because of the live, online visits, but also because of what this company has to offer users. I have tried out other telehealth services in the past, but have been disappointed with their features. I don't know about you, but I like to know who the doctor is that I am speaking to, including their educational background, and if they are board-certified or not. With the others telehealth services I have used, you are connected with a doctor through a live online chat, but you can't choose the doctor..you get who is available at the moment in time. And, on a few occasions, I have felt rushed when talking to the doctor, as you are usually only given 15 minutes for a call -- anything over and you have to pay again in 15 minute intervals, which can get pricey, especially when you have a little one you are trying to have explain their symptoms or respond to the doctor, for a proper diagnosis. With Amwell, you are able to see a list of board-certified, licensed doctors available to you, and their background, including specialty, years practicing, etc. I really like this option, as it still lets me feel like I am in control of my health and choosing the doctor I want to see and have treat me or my family.
Creating an account with Amwell is also easy. Within a matter of minutes you can create an account, enter your medical history and current symptoms and then connect with a doctor. Each and every time you log on to Amwell, you don't have to worry about having to re-enter the information, as it is stored securely for you the first time, which saves a lot of time, and gets you face to face with a doctor quickly.
So, what types of health concerns or conditions can Amwell's doctor treat or diagnose? Amwell doctors see patients with minor illness and injuries, general health and wellness concerns those needing a prescription refill and even patients needing chronic condition management. Based upon your medical condition, you can choose to talk with primary care and specialist physicians, as well as licensed behavioral therapists and registered dietitians, to meet your health and wellness needs.
Have a question to ask a doctor? Get the care you need quickly - typical issues include:
• Sinus infection
• Sore throat
• Urinary tract infection
• Sprains and strains
• Respiratory infection
• Weight concerns
• Smoking cessation
"Just choose the type of visit you are looking for and select a provider. Depending on the issue at hand, the doctor can diagnose, suggest follow up, and prescribe, when appropriate. Amwell takes your privacy very seriously. Your visit with the doctor is secure and HIPAA compliant."
I know what you are asking? This online service must cost an arm and leg, right? Not at all -- "Amwell is accepted by many major insurers, with more added every day. Enter your health insurance information for a lower cost visit. Amwell's on-demand doctor visits are now available in 46 states." Even if you don't have health insurance you can still use Amwell's service and receive a low-cost consult with one of their doctors, without breaking the bank. Amwell offers $49 physician visits -- yes $49!!! :-)
"Consumers expect online visits to be cost-savers; with in-office visits costing, on average, $82 for first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – a savings of $33. Great option for students in college looking for cost-effective healthcare or those between jobs and without insurance."
Here are some of the reasons why people continue to use Amwell, instead of going to see a doctor in person...
- "Lower cost. Consumers expect online visits to be cost-savers; with in-office visits costing, on average, $82 for first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – a savings of $33. Great option for students in college looking for cost-effective healthcare or those between jobs and without insurance.
- Accessibility. After hours, on weekends and in the middle of the night (24/7/365) availability. Great for those who do have transportation or when you don’t feel well enough to drive and those who are newly relocated and don’t have providers yet.
- Convenience. Consumers are looking for a faster appointment. Now they don’t need to schedule an appointment nor do they need to wait to be seen, especially if on vacation or business travel. The doctor can be seen from the comfort and convenience of their own home.
- Quick prescriptions. Consumers would rather have an online video visit than an in-office visit to obtain common primary care prescriptions.
- Peace of mind. Rather than self-diagnosing or visiting a social forum for medical advice, users can obtain second opinions directly from board certified, licensed doctors."
Since first being introduced to Amwell a few weeks ago, I have used this service a handful of times. It seems like my girls always get sick more during the summer months. From sinus infections to head colds and even conjunctivitis, we have been battling illness for the past few months. It seems like once the girls are starting to feel better, they pick up another bug and are out of commission for another week or so. And, because of all this illness, my own immune system becomes comprised from lack of sleep, and I end up picking up whatever the girls have, and we pass it back and forth. Not fun at all. But, at least being diagnosed and getting a prescription filled is fast and easily down from the comfort of your home -- in our case, our living room couch. :-)
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Can't wait to hear what you think of Amwell. I know that once you try this consumer telehealth service, you will never worry about dealing with the hassle of going to the doctor in person. No more waiting rooms filled with sick people, where you will wait longer than your rushed visit with the doctor. At the end of your visit, you will be send an electronic record of everything discussed for your records and so you can share with your primary care physician, to keep them in the loop.
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DISCLOSURE: This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network. However, all opinions are 100% my own.