By Joey Truscelli, Co-Founder, Hello Alvin
Getting the flu can be a miserable experience, often resulting in days at home in bed recovering with the standard doses of fluids, cough medicine and decongestants. Sometimes, persistent flu symptoms can require a doctor’s intervention, and even medication. Now, accessing that care is literally only a few clicks and minutes away.
Significant advances in mobile technology and telehealth over the last decade have made getting to that doctor for advice, treatment and medication is now as simple as picking up your mobile phone, tablet or computer and clicking to request a virtual telehealth consult. Patients can request a consult, and it only takes about 10 minutes with some services until a doctor calls you back by phone or video chat to diagnose, treat and even provide a prescription, if needed.
For those who are self-employed, the flu can also mean unexpected gaps in productivity, which can make you feel even worse.
Traditionally, when a doctor’s advice is needed, we’ve had to make an appointment with our provider, or if you don’t have one it means a visit to the local Urgent Care or ER for treatment. This can be time-consuming, frustrating and expensive, especially for those with limited or no healthcare benefits. [Read more…]