Note: This post is sponsored by Amwell; however, all experiences and views expressed here are those of the contributor who wrote them.
Christmas, 2013. While the rest of my family was enjoying our annual trip to Colorado – from get-togethers and celebrations with family and friends to the BEST white elephant gift exchange and a not-to-be-missed extended family reunion at a Denver roller skating rink (no, I’m not joking) – I found myself curled up in the fetal position in my sister’s bed suffering from the worst case of pneumonia ever. Okay, maybe not ever … but you know what I mean. There I was, 600+ miles from home – and, perhaps more importantly (in that moment, at least), 600+ miles from my doctor, his diagnosis and his prescription pad.
If you’re a mom, then chances are you’ve had a very similar experience without leaving your home. Whether you find yourself down for too many days with the illness your kid brought home from school or you’re home from work with a little one that clearly has something wrong (but you’re not sure what), we’ve all been in that dreaded position of weighing the pro’s and con’s of a trip to the doctor.
This decision is never as easy as it seems.
Thankfully, two medical doctors (and brothers) came up with a solution that has busy moms in mind: cost-effective healthcare on your time and schedule, right from the comfort of your own home. Amwell has been around since 2006 and is one of the leading telehealth services in the United States. For those not familiar with telehealth and how it’s changing the landscape of healthcare, it is simply this:
the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.
- time? Amwell is convenient, allowing you to make appointments on YOUR schedule – particularly when sickness strikes abruptly.
- cost? Amwell is cost-effective at just $49/visit which is often cheaper than a visit to your local urgent care clinic (~$70-$85) or the ER (>$150).
- quality of care? All Amwell doctors are licensed (including doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, psychologists, therapists and social workers) to practice and prescribe in your state, with 10+ years of experience and 4.5-5 star ratings from their patients.
Sounds great, right? But how does it work? Well, following a brief sign-up on either their easy-to-use web or mobile (Android or iOS) app, you can be connected to a licensed doctor specializing in your area of need over desktop/mobile video in under two minutes. As I prepared for my first Amwell experience, I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised to find the signup process really was as easy as advertised and that a handful of doctors were ready and waiting to take my call – even at 11 p.m.!
All of a sudden, the decision-making process – “is __________ serious/high/green enough to merit a trip to the doctor?” – just got a whole lot easier.
As a way of introducing their services to moms like you, Amwell is offering a FREE FIRST VISIT to all Kansas City Moms Blog readers using coupon code CITYMOMS. Don’t just take our word for it (though we hope that you do!), but rather, download the mobile app today and be prepared when sickness strikes. It always does!
As you can imagine, telehealth isn’t the best choice for every medical situation. If you need/prefer to make an office appointment, consider looking for a doctor here in Kansas City with the handy Amwell “find a doctor” page!
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