A couple of weeks ago, Dylan came home from school sick.
On a regular year, I would’ve been worried, but ok. No big deal, kid’s get runny noses, coughs and colds once in a while. But this isn’t an ordinary year.
Dylan developed a fever, and even thought the fever went away after a day or so, the next thing I know, he started coughing. -a worrisome dry cough. To make matters worse, Jake and I started to feel tired, achy and had sore throats.
I knew that we needed to get medical advice, but at the time, I didn’t feel comfortable leaving the house and going to a doctor’s office. What if we were really sick? I didn’t want to take the risk of making someone sick as well.
I decided to try an app called CloudMD. I’ve seen it advertised on social and some of my mom friends had blogged about it and posted reviews. Cloud MD is a free and secure platform that connects patients with doctors for real-time visits. It can be accessed using a smartphone, tablet or computer and it’s free to use for residents of BC and Ontario.
The app is very easy to use: Once you download it, all you have to do is input some basic facts about yourself and your medical number. Then the app will ask you when you want to see a doctor, and set an appointment for you. Within an hour I was talking to a doctor.
The service is available beyond regular clinic hours, including evenings and weekends. Using the service, each patient will automatically have an electronic chart created that will allow providers to quickly access and understand the patient’s past and current health status.
It was so nice to be able to get medical advice from the comfort of my own home. My visit was quick, pleasant and based on the doctor’s advice, I was able to make the best decisions for my family’s care. Not having to endure a stressful trip to a clinic was very much appreciated.
And guess what? It was just a cold, after all.
You can download CloudMD via this link. I recommend checking them out. Somethings you still need to make a trek to the doctor’s office, such as physical exams – but this is a nice alternative for things such as prescription refills and general medical advice. And like I mentioned before, it’s free to residents of BC and Ontario.