I was recently asked to test an app that allowed for a doctor, therapist or nutritionist visit in the comfort of my home. Being that this idea of home doctor visits has always been a dream of mine, I was excited, but also VERY skeptical. I mean really, a doctor visit via an app? Really?
Still, my want for a home doctor outweighed my skepticism, plus the first visit was free, so I really had nothing to lose...
Last Friday afternoon, I was having some issues with a current prescription, and couldn't get in to see my regular doctor, so I thought what the heck, I'll give the Amwell app a try. Ollie was napping, and FTD was in the other room, so all was quiet. I downloaded the app, and began the process.
Me: Huh? No, it's a blog thing.
FTD: They just set up Amwell at work, we can use our insurance for it?
FTD: The teachers are going mental over how great and convenient it is.
ME: Why have you not told me about this?
Yep, that's pretty much the cycle of most our conversations.
Sorry, I digress...
After filling out my name and a few personal details, I chose to speak with a family physician.
When the time came to enter a payment method, I entered "HashTagFree" in the coupon code space, and was immediately placed in the "waiting room" for the next doctor. In my case, it was the wonderful Dr. Sherri DeHaas. (Of course, I didn't know she was wonderful at the time, but she sure proved to be!)
After about a twenty minute wait, there were three patients in front of me, sure enough, my camera turned on, and there was Dr. DeHaas, smiling at me!
I. Was. Floored.
We exchanged pleasantries, I told her I was a blogger working on a campaign to test Amwell, but that I was also having issues with a prescription.
We immediately went into Doctor patient dialogue; Her asking me health questions, me giving her the long answer.
Before I knew it, 10 minutes had passed and I felt like she was the greatest, kindest doctor EVER.
She agreed that my medication was not working, and recommended a new one. One that I had heard of, and was happy to try.
I nearly died when she said, "Ok, I've sent the prescription to your listed Pharmacy, you may pick it up in about and hour.
You just called in a new prescription? I'll be all better by dinner time?
We exchanged our goodbyes, which really amounted to me gushing over how amazing she was and how thankful I was, and then I hung up.
An hour later, I was in my pharmacy drive-thru picking up my new prescription!
The next morning, I was all better.
After what I experienced in 30-minutes using the Amwell app, there is no doubt in my mind that this is the future of medicine.
I even got a recap of our appointment emailed!
|All information is protected, just like your regular doctor!|
Of course, there will always be a need for certain in-office doctor visits, but when it comes to colds, headaches, croup, depression, anxiety, sore throats, stomach flu... I'm sure you see where I'm going-- this app is going to save so much time! The last thing I want to do in the dead of winter is drag my sick son to a doctor's office, only to sit in the "sick room" and catch something awful myself!
I also thought about being on vacation and needing a doctor, this will be huge! Or for FTD, a typical man who HATES the doctor's office, this will be an epic game changer. Even he said he would use the app if he needed to see a doctor.
There are so many reasons this app is amazing, and will no doubt be a regular go-to for me since my insurance works with Amwell flawlessly. I'm already looking into my insurance working with both the nutritionist and therapist, because I would LOVE to have both in the comfort of my living room!
If you said, Yes! then I have great news! Every FTM&D reader gets a free visit!!!!!!
Who knows, your insurance may cover all of your visits thereafter too!
To download the Amwell App now, click here.
* I participated in the Amwell blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.