In today‚Äôs world, technology allows people to control various facets of life at the tip of their fingertips.
Like social networking and banking, the health care industry is utilizing online tools to give members an opportunity to manage their health care and receive wellness guidance in a quick, convenient way. During the 2019 open enrollment period and beyond, consider ways to save time and utilize digital health care tools.
Telehealth is a broad term that refers to health care services that utilize telecommunications technology. It provides general wellness guidance, tips on preventive care and can cater to specific health goals. Telemedicine may substitute an in-person encounter between a patient and the healthcare provider when using the appropriate technology. Here are some quick tips to make the most of convenient, budget-friendly digital health care tools.
Those looking to enroll in a health care plan can get started by visiting HealthCare.gov on a computer, tablet or mobile device. Many health insurers also offer free mobile apps, which can be downloaded through a smart devices‚Äô app store and will walk a potential member through the process step-by-step.
Telehealth has become a resource for health insurers to assist members in finding a fitting health care team. One example of this is the Find-A-Doctor tool, which gives individuals the opportunity to get to know their health care options, see which providers are in-network, find or change their primary care physician and view cost estimates for services, to compare and potentially save. Members can review a doctor‚Äôs experience, specialty and location.
After enrolling in an insurance plan, members can view records, schedule appointments and make payments with the click of a button through an online account. All it takes is verifying name, birthdate and enrollee ID to access personal account information.
Colds, flus, seasonal allergies, sore throats and sprains can all potentially be treated using mobile apps, online tools or remote doctor communications. Many patients are unaware that health questions and concerns can be addressed 24 hours a day, seven days a week over the phone through a nurse line. If you need more after-hours advice than can be provided by the nurse line, consider connecting with a doctor or certified nurse practitioner through an online visit.
Dr. S. George Kipa, M.D., is a deputy chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. For more health tips, visit AHealthierMichigan.org.