Visit the Doctor without Getting Off the Couch

Compensation for this post was provided to me by Samsung via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Samsung or MomTrends.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the time for colds. It’s the time for the flu.It’s the time where everyone gets sick. But you know who doesn’t have time to be sick? Mom.

And, if I am being honest, there is never a good time for mom to get sick. Normally, I would self-diagnosis. Self-medicate. Cross my fingers and hope that I get better soon. Sadly, there is just not any time for a trip to the doctor’s office. But self-care is so important. Because if mom isn’t happy (and well), nobody is!

The weather has been a bit funky lately. One day hot and humid. The next, cold and damp. And this reeks havoc on my allergies! Stuffy nose. Itchy eyes. Sinus pressure. The works! But I don’t always have time to run to the doctor for these things. And, for some reason, over the counter medication has been helping.
That’s why I am so glad I learned that I can visit the doctor from the comfort of my couch on my phone with Samsung Health. See a doctor on your own time, when you are available.
Samsung Health tracks your activity, nutrition and sleep, and delivers insights based on your progress. Set your health goals, track your activity, get insights based on your lifestyle, stay motivated, and keep your health information secure. Samsung Health is already built into your Samsung phone so a new download is not required!

It sounded too good to be true but I had to try it out.

You can see a board-certified doctor in just minutes without an appointment and are available 24/7. Online doctor consultations are covered by many top health plans. You can even get a prescription, if needed, sent to your local pharmacy.

Samsung Health has convenient ways for you to track your biometric data, like heart rate and pulse ox. You can also add your weight and track your food and exercise.

After entering all of the biometric data I’ve tracked in Samsung Health, I shared that directly with the doctor I saw online. Once the doctor is ready, they will review your patient history and hop on to chat. The video feed was seamless and it was like sitting right in their office. We talked about what is going one with me allergy-wise, what’s working (what’s not), and come up with a course of action.

And I did it all without getting off the couch!

Why Should I Use Ask an Expert?

  • Ask an Expert is built into Samsung Health, which comes preloaded on your Samsung device. No download required!

  • Share biometric data with your doctor. Samsung Health measures these health data points:

    • Pulse (bpm) – The pulse is the measure of the heart rate, which is the number of times the heart beats per minute. The pulse rate may go up or down depending on various factors, including exercise, illness, injury, and emotion. A normal resting pulse rate for healthy adults is between 60 and 100 beats per minute.

    • SpO2 – The pulse-ox measures the percentage of oxygen in the blood. The percent of oxygen in the blood can go down if a person is not breathing well, such as during an asthma attack or when they have pneumonia. It also might be low if a person has a disease such as congestive heart failure.

    • Blood Pressure – Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. Blood pressure can vary depending on exercise, illness, injury, and emotion. However, consistently high blood pressure is called hypertension and is related to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.

    • Weight (self-reported) – Weight is an important measure to understand the general health of adults or children. Any unintended rapid weight loss or weight gain is a sign of a potential illness.

    • Glucose (self-reported) – Glucose is the amount of sugar in the blood. Normally the body can regulate sugar in the blood appropriately, however, in times of illness, blood sugar can become dangerously high or low. Also, patients who have conditions like diabetes need their blood sugar closely monitored to ensure that they are at normal levels.

If you want to try Samsung Health for yourself, use the code SAMSUNG21 for $10 off your visit! Expires 3/31/18.

Disclaimer: Compensation for this post was provided to me by Samsung via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Samsung or MomTrends. Ask an Expert (Online Doctor Visits) is a service offered through Samsung Health that helps you easily connect to medical and wellness experts from your phone. Samsung Health requires a compatible Android phone and a Samsung account. The Online Doctor Visits service is available in the U.S., except in Arkansas. The service is not for people suffering from medical emergencies or serious life-threatening conditions.  If you have a serious medical concern, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency department.

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