Hawaii has one of the best Health Care systems in the US. The Health care insurance provided for the vast majority of us living here in Hawaii affords us with the ability to get great medical assistance.
Yet, as a busy working mother of 7 do I take advantage of this outstanding health care coverage that we have. Honestly? NO!!!!! Being a nurse, I’m ashamed to admit this. With my chaotic schedule, the kid’s schedules, traffic, and waiting for long periods of time in waiting rooms these can all be HUGE hindrances in taking my kids and myself to doctor’s appointments.
Working as a nurse I’ve loved the advances with Tele-medicine. These services have been a great asset to those that live in rural areas or areas with no care. When I found out about HMSA’s Online Care I couldn’t wait to find out if this may be a tool I could use for my family.
Hawaii Medical Services Association (HMSA) is by far an outstanding insurance company. Our family has never been dissatisfied with our coverage. Now that they have added their Online Care, a great system has gone above and beyond.
HMSA’s Online Care is HMSA’s way of providing tele-health services, powered by American Well. This is a covered benefit to HMSA members, a benefit I have just learned about and am so grateful for! Here are some of the health conditions the physicians treat through the tele-health service: minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, and chronic condition management. They offer primary care, specialist physicians, licensed behavioral therapists and registered dietitians on staff to meet the needs of their patients.
The tele-health service is offered online and through the HMSA’s Online Care app on your iPhone, android and tablets. The doctor’s are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are focused on keeping us healthy on our time schedule and in our home – or maybe even at the beach 🙂
My son was having some upper respiratory issues that were just not getting any better, his coughing was keeping him up at night. We were to the point that my home love and care just wasn’t enough. I’ve been busier than ever (when are most family’s nowadays not?) and was trying to figure out when I could get him in for an appointment with our pediatrician. I remembered I had a FREE first visit available through HMSA’s Online Care, this would be the perfect time to try it out.
The ease of downloading the app and then signing up was a matter of just a couple of minutes. Seriously, I wouldn’t have found a parking spot at our doctors office in that amount of time!!!!! We were ready to see the doctor in about 2 minutes time after signing in and entering the needed medical information.
I felt the doctor was very thorough and attentive to our needs. Asked numerous questions to ensure nothing else was going on with my son. The doctor was very cordial, professional and concise. After getting a bit more history and evaluating the situation my son had his diagnosis and the doctor called in his prescription…. easy peasy! I liked that the doctor engaged with my son and made the visit not so tele-health and showed us some personality.
My sweetie pie was diagnosed with an acute Upper Respiratory Infection and a cough medicine was called into our local pharmacy to help him to rest more at night. Within 5 minutes of the ending of our visit I got a text message from our local CVS Pharmacy that his prescription was ready for pick up! Can’t get any easier than that. I would say from downloading the app to receiving the text alert about the prescription was a matter of 35 minutes tops 🙂 After my son’s visit with HMSA’s Online Care we received a detailed summary of his visit with Dr. Antall delivered to my email. Great service!
I love the many options of the different things you can be seen for with this online service and app.
Some of the many things you can receive care for are:
- Sinus infection
- Sore throat
- Urinary tract infection
- Sprains and strains
- Respiratory infection
- Weight concerns
- Smoking cessation
By using HMSA’s Online Care we are not only saving time, we are also saving money. Depending on your insurance plan you can save quite a bit on your normal co-pay. HMSA also saves some on your visit so they will be able to continue to bring us the fabulous care we need without the need to make plan hikes to employers. This is a win – win!
I joke about not having the time or not liking the long waits… us nurses and moms sometimes will try to self-diagnose or put things off. For the most part things usually work out, but having the peace of mind knowing a physician can take a look at what’s going on with my husband, my kids, myself or other loved ones is a tremendous peace of mind!
As a courtesy to all of my Fabulous Followers 🙂 HMSA is offering a FREE visit for you! Just head on over here and use the code HMSALIVE – you’ll be amazed at the ease and convenience.
Please remember this service is not intended for emergency or life threatening situations. If the online physician you are seeing feels tele-health is not suitable for your treatment they will advise you of that. This is an important link to our primary care and is fully protected by HIPAA Privacy Practices.
Go ahead and try out HMSA’s Online Services by using your FREE visit, you’ll find out how convenient getting quality health care can be.
Have you or someone you know tried tele-medicine? What do you think about it? If you utilize your FREE visit tell me what you think about it.
This post is sponsored post and I am being compensated in order to bring awareness regarding HMSA’s Online Care. I will only share things that I do use, would use or feel my readers may benefit in some way. HMSA is not responsible for the content in this post.