I absolutely hate going to the doctor. The way some people hate the dentist is how I feel about going to the doctor. Every experience I have had has been negative. Seriously every one of them. Of course that may have to do with the fact that I totally psych myself out ahead of time – just knowing it is going to be awful. (Read: I never give it a chance.)
But I digress… something has to be seriously, seriously wrong for me to go to the doctor, which often means I have waited until whatever ailment is a zillion times worse than had I just gone in and been treated at the first sign. (Sidenote: you can not, in fact, wait out strep throat… it does not go away) So when I was offered the opportunity to try out Amwell, an amazing new service that lets you connect with a doctor right from the comfort of your own home, I jumped at the chance.
Amwell is the nation’s largest telehealth company, connecting users with board-certified, licensed doctors, dieticians and psychologists for immediate and live, online visits—day or night, on either mobile or desktop – for less than what you would expect to pay at your local doctor’s office. In a matter of minutes you can log on and be face-to-face with a physician. No driving, no waiting in a waiting room, no sitting in a freezing cold exam room – none of that. I could not be more excited to check it out.
Amwell was created by doctors to give patients a way to “bring health care home” so that you and your family can feel better, faster. Doctors on Amwell are board certified, with an average of 15 years in practice. They are available 24/7, with no appointment needed. Depending on the issue at hand, the doctor can diagnose, suggest follow-up, and prescribe, when appropriate.
I hopped on to check out Amwell and got to chat with one of their registered dieticians… from Massachusettes! Here I am sitting in Florida on a Friday night… chatting with a dietician in Massachusettes… so neat.
She was super knowledgeable and super friendly – and while I did not have a specific ailment to discuss tonight, we talked about the importance of eating whole foods, eating often, and exercising regularly. To reach her I simply chose her from the list of who was online, answered a few quick questions, and voila! There we were chatting like we were in the same room!
Amwell physicians encounter mostly minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, and chronic condition management. They employ primary care, specialist physicians, licensed behavioral therapists and registered dietitians to meet their patients’ health and wellness needs. Amwell is the first telehealth service awarded accreditation by The American Telemedicine Association, the first telehealth platform to integrate with Apple’s Health App, and the only service that allows you to select the doctor you want to see for an on-demand visit.
I am so excited to use Amwell, and I have already begun recommending it to my family and friends. In fact, I am offering anyone who reads this a free visit too! You can use the code BEWELL14 for one free visit using Amwell to talk to a physician, dietician, or or therapist! Better health is now in the palm of your hands – with Amwell!