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Thanks to new technology, people have better access to health care than ever before. There’s a wealth of information available online, and new ways to connect with your provider make it easier to get the care you need, when you need it, at a location that’s convenient for you.
- Online tools – The internet makes it possible to get the information you need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can learn about health conditions, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment options. You can also find out more about different types of health services and where to access care near you. One precaution to take is to make sure the information you find is credible. If you’re not sure about something you read, talk to your primary care physician or reach out to your health insurance provider.
- Health apps – There are a variety of health apps available for you to track your nutrition, set alarms to remind you to take medication, discover new workouts and even connect with others who have similar health goals.
- Wearable trackers – With a wearable tracker, you can gain a better picture of your overall health. Through these devices, you can track your exercise, sleep and even heart patterns. You might also be able to share your data with your health care provider. Wearable trackers are sometimes offered through your health insurance or sponsored employee wellness programs.
- Virtual visits – These visits allow you to get the care you need at a time and place that’s most convenient for you. For example, you can connect with your provider during your lunch hour without having to leave your workplace. Or if you experience a medical issue while traveling, you can talk with your personal doctor and avoid a visit to urgent care or the emergency room. You can also obtain prescriptions and have them delivered to a pharmacy near you.
An added benefit is less exposure to germs at your doctor’s office, especially during flu season. You’ll only be charged for a virtual visit after you meet with a physician. This fee is usually covered by health insurance.
Network Health is constantly taking steps to incorporate new technology to narrow the gap between health providers and consumers. Our goal is greater clinical integration leading to more real-time information being shared between providers, members and the health plan, providing a clear picture of the member’s health and ensuring they receive the right care at the right place and the right time.
To learn more about the newest ways technology is being used in health care, visit networkhealth.com.