Need a Doctor Now? American Well Has You Covered 24/7

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This post is sponsored by American Well.

The last thing anyone wants to deal with when they’re not feeling well is trying to find the time and energy to head in to a doctor’s office. It’s even worse when you have to manage the kids and drag them into a germ-filled office when they’re not feeling well.  Now, you don’t have to make the trip thanks to American Well.

We do so much online to save ourselves the hassle of having to run all over town, and now you can even visit a doctor from the comfort of your living room, hotel room, or wherever it is you find yourself when you’re in need of medical care. Any time of the day or night, American Well lets you visit with a doctor online, and you can have your virtual visit nearly instantly.

I tried out the service recently and was very impressed. I had visions of the miles of paperwork you need to fill out when you’re a new patient, but it was just a few minutes and a few key pieces of info that they required in order for me to get started. Once your basics are in, then you select your location and they will show you available doctors in your area as well as those located elsewhere.

It’s all virtual, so I can be sitting in the Northeast and have an appointment with a doctor in California within just minutes, which is exactly what happened when I tried out American Well.  It gave me choices of doctors who were available along with their pictures and a short bio so I could choose the one I thought was best for my needs.

Once you know the doctor you want, it’s the click of a button and you have face-time with a physician in under ten minutes. They also have a fantastic tutorial to help you through the video process so that’s it’s not intimidating or confusing. And there’s a button to click so the doctor will pick up the phone and call if you do have some connectivity issues with the video.

You don’t have to feel like you’re cheating on your regular doctor either because they’ll send all the info to them as a part of the visit.  That’s the only person they’ll share it with and only at your request because they are HIPAA-compliant so your personal information is safe and stays private.

Depending on the your insurance, the $49 American Well visit cost may be covered, and the doctor can even call in a prescription to your local pharmacy if they determine it’s needed as a part of treatment. American Well is a low-cost, convenient, and secure way of getting the medical care you need, when you need it and you can try a visit for free!

Not convinced? Well, simply sign up by the end of April 2014 and the code GEEKMOM will be good for one free visit within the next year. Give it a go!

If you’re tired of the hassle of scheduling an appointment in an office and finding the time to actually keep that appointment, then give #AmericanWell a try and experience the ease and convenience of online physician visits.

This post is sponsored by American Well.

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Fund Childhood Cancer Research With Heroes For a Cure

Image: Northwestern Mutual
Image: Northwestern Mutual

September is National Childhood Cancer Month and Northwestern Mutual has set a goal to raise $50,000 to fund 1,000 hours of research to cure the disease. They’re raising funds through Heroes For a Cure with this beautiful video starring two kids who are bravely fighting their cancers.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in children under 15 in the United States and one way we can reduce that number is to find a cure. Eight-year-old Brooke Mulford and 10-year-old Tony Salerno are both fighting cancer and are featured in the Northwestern Mutual video.

Image: Northwestern Mutual
Image: Northwestern Mutual

They talk about how the doctors treating them and the scientists searching for a cure are real life superheroes. They don’t need a cape or costume or secret identity, they just need funding to continue their research and save lives.

Through the end of September, Northwestern Mutual will donate $2 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand every time the video is shared, up to $50,000. This is the equivalent of 1,000 hours of research that could be the difference between life and death for kids like Brooke and Tony.

You can help by heading to the Heroes For a Cure Facebook page and simply sharing this video. Childhood cancer is a big problem, but the combined small actions of us all could make it a thing of the past.

Professors Win $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation, Give It All Away

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Image: Lemelson-MIT

Rice University Professors Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden recently received the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation and then promptly gave it all away. They received the award in recognition of their efforts to develop life-saving technologies and provide low-cost options for improving health care in developing nations.

In 2006, the professors started the Beyond Traditional Borders engineering design initiative at Rice University with the goal of guiding students through the invention process and coming up with technologies that can actually be put into use. Since that time, over 3,000 students have participated in the program, inventing 58 technologies used in 24 countries.

The program doesn’t just work with students in a lab, but involves bringing them out to the areas where people most need their help through an eight-week internship program in Africa and Latin America. Continue reading Professors Win $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation, Give It All Away