telemedicine

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You may not be familiar with the term “telemedicine,” but chances are you’ve been using it in some capacity for years. Anytime you contact your doctor or healthcare provider via phone, text, or video, you are using telemedicine.

Telemedicine is popular for many reasons. Perhaps you don’t have the time to go visit the doctor in person, or your condition makes it difficult to leave home, or there isn’t a relevant specialist in your area. Whatever your situation, ongoing technological advancements mean your ability to reach healthcare providers remotely is increasing every day. With these telemedicine apps for your iPhone or Android, you can literally have a doctor in the palm of your hand.

Amwell

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

Amwell gives you the convenience of seeing a doctor via your mobile device no matter where you are. Along with primary care physicians and specialists, the service also offers access to dietitians and psychologists. Whether it’s for a cold, the flu, allergies, depression, or weight loss, it can be easy to get help without leaving home or waiting to get an appointment.

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First Opinion

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free

This is a great app if you have a medical question that can’t wait until morning or until you can get an appointment with your primary care doctor. With First Opinion, you can log on and connect with a doctor at any time of day so that you can get the answers you need fast. The doctor will also reach out for a quick follow-up just to make sure all your concerns are addressed. You can ask questions about anything from pregnancy, to a rash that just popped up, to birth control options.

Health eXpress

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

With no appointment needed, Health eXpress lets users in California, Oregon, and Washington connect with board-certified doctors in the Providence-Swedish Health Alliance instantly for just $39 per visit. The network includes a full range of doctors, including primary care physicians and pediatricians. You can easily print out a summary of your visit to share with other doctors, and have your prescriptions sent directly to your pharmacy.

LiveHealth Online Mobile

iPhone rating:
3 stars Free
Android rating:
3.5 stars Free

This app connects you to a wide range of board-certified physicians, including family practitioners, pediatricians, internal medicine specialists, and more. The easy to use tool features the ability to look up each doctor and read reviews as well as other basic information. You can also choose to connect with the doctor on call, or choose a specific doctor and set up an appointment.

MDLive Telehealth

iPhone rating:
3.5 stars Free
Android rating:
3.5 stars Free

MDLive connects you to board-certified physicians via secure video or phone. They can diagnose nonemergency conditions and even call in a prescription for you to your pharmacy. You can also check your symptoms in their database. They even have pediatricians available 24/7 if your child has an earache, bronchitis, or other common childhood illnesses. This service may be covered by your health insurance, but be sure to check with your carrier first.

MyTeleMed

iPhone rating:
3.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4 stars Free

With MyTeleMed, doctors can receive and send messages through a service that meets HIPAA compliance for personal health information. Patients can call the TeleMed answering service 24/7 and leave a message for the doctor. The doctor will receive the message on their mobile device, and then call the patient back, log comments, and, if needed, record the call to retain all the information.

Stat Doctors

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
4.5.png Free

This app’s simple interface makes it extremely easy to get medical help for nonemergency needs when you are on the go. It can be especially useful if you travel often for work. With just a few easy clicks, you can schedule an e-visit with your doctor and find the location of the nearest pharmacy to pick up a prescription. The app also shows you your estimated wait time and exactly what your copay will be before you finalize the appointment. It is important to note that this particular app does require a referral from either your workplace or your insurance company.