Health Care Holidays

Cut Through the Holiday Hustle and Bustle: Virtual Care is A Snap with the UChicago Medicine AdventHealth App

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With the holidays fast approaching, our schedules tend to fill up quickly. So, when you need to see a doctor, it can feel like one more item on an already busy to-do list. That’s why we’re focused on ways to help you stay healthy throughout the season while making your schedule just a little more manageable.

The UChicago Medicine AdventHealth app helps you book a video visit with your provider so you don’t have to navigate roads, parking lots and winter weather. It’s just one way we’re here to support you.

Advantages of Home Health Care

There’s no denying the many advantages of home health care for both patients. For starters, now that baby boomers have reached retirement age, there’s a greater need for doctors and nurses. Virtual care and home health care services can bridge that gap, connecting us to providers in way that offers:

  • Convenience: You don’t have to account for driving time and potential traffic delays (and it’s just nice not to leave the comfort of home when you aren’t feeling well). Health care providers can also see more patients via a virtual platform
  • Cost savings: Virtual visits often cost less for patients and physicians alike
  • Less exposure to illness: Accessing care at home means you don’t have to risk exposure to viruses

Though virtual visits have been around for a while, the COVID-19 pandemic really pushed them forward. Since most of us could only visit with our doctors via Telehealth, we quickly adjusted to a new way to get medical care and many still use these services post-pandemic.

As overall trends in home health care continue to veer toward virtual visits and apps, experts predict virtual visits will also make it easier to coordinate care in the future. For example, if you need to see three different doctors for a chronic condition, it’s possible you can do so easily — and all in the same day — without ever leaving your home.

Bringing Expert Care to Your Comfy Chair

UChicago Medicine AdventHealth’s easy-to-use app allows you to see a doctor or nurse practitioner for most minor health problems, including:

  • Acid reflux
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Lower back pain
  • Minor burns, cuts, bumps and scrapes

However, you shouldn’t use virtual visits in all situations. Head immediately to the emergency room for more severe issues, including but not limited to:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Animal bites
  • Chest pain
  • Eye injuries
  • Shortness of breath

In addition to accessing your providers through virtual visits, you can use the app in a variety of helpful ways. From accessing your health records and requesting medication refills to finding doctors and scheduling appointments, it puts expert healthcare at your fingertips.

Your health is in the palm of your hand. Download our app today. You’re in good hands with us.

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