Using Your Wireless Service to Stay Healthy

by Katie on February 22, 2015

I have been taking steps to better my own health by cleaning up my diet and increasing the intensity and frequency of my exercise routine. I’m always looking for ways to better monitor both my activity level and overall health. US Cellular is making it easier than ever to keep a pulse on health. I already use my iPhone 6 to keep track of my fitness goals and was intrigued to learn more about telemedicine. Here are some ways your smart phone can help you stay healthy.IMG_0630

o    Smartphones

  • According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey 34 percent of smartphone users have used a phone to help lose weight or improve their health, of those, 66 percent have used an app to keep track of exercise or other fitness activities.
  • Smartphones can play a vital role in getting medical attention within one hour of the onset of cardiac symptoms, as recommended by the Cleveland Clinic.
  • You can store personal medical information on your smartphone that family or medical personnel can access during an emergency.

o    Telemedicine and its benefits

  • Telemedicine makes health care more efficient by enabling 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 easy to contact trained medical professionals from home or work.
      • It’s convenient for people who might have difficulties coming into a physician’s office because of their remote location, busy schedules, mobility problems or other challenges.
      • It offers people instant, real-time medical consultations.
      • It saves time and money.
      • It’s meant to enhance – not replace – in-person physician visits, which are still recommended for regular care, such as physical exams. Telemedicine is used to treat minor ailments like cold symptoms, which account for nearly a quarter of office visits to primary care doctors.
    • Now, people can use their mobile devices to “virtually” connect to a doctor to discuss their health symptoms, ask questions and learn more about treatment options.  These virtual MDs can also prescribe medicine.
    • We’re continually discovering new things that can be done with our smartphones and tablets to help simplify and enhance our lives, and now we can add access to medical expertise to that list.
    • The 4G LTE/high-speed network from U.S. Cellular connects people to doctors and the medical information they need even if they are not in the doctor’s 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.

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

o    Do your research.  Third-party medical rating service websites like vitals.com andNCQA.org provide valuable research on various telemedicine practitioners and services.

As always Let U.S. Cellular make it easier by using the Parent/Child Cell Phone Agreement to set some ground rules.

I am part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade. I received an Apple iPhone5S and am being compensated for my time

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