Admit it, this is the first thing you do when you feel sick #DigitalHealth (ad)

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You reach for your phone, and you Google it. If you can’t find the answer in a few minutes, you then ask your friends on Facebook or Twitter. I know, I do it too!  I mean, it is so much more convenient to sit on the couch and search on my phone than it is to call my doctor’s office and wait for someone to call me back. Plus, I actually enjoy hearing stories from my friends who might have maybe suffered from the same thing…ok, not really. Asking my friends on Facebook is the opposite of helpful. Most of them  say things like, “yeah that sounds bad, call your doctor.” Um, thanks? 

Seriously though, don’t you do the same thing? 

In fact, most people do reach for their cell phone or tablet first when they are sick. I am  not alone. Neither are you. Everyone does it. According to the Pew Research Center, one in three cell phone owner have used their phone to access health information. That is why the Aetna Foundation gave more than $1.2 million in grants to fund digital health technology. These amazing grants will be given to 23 organizations in 13 states. In fact, some of the money will be given to hospitals to fund a K-12 nutrition/health curriculum and some will fund a two-way faith-based text messaging campaign targeted to African American women. Very diverse interests but the same goal – increase the use of technology in health care directly aimed at the users. 

Isn’t that awesome? 

And seriously, when you are your kids are sick, don’t you reach for your phone? (And not to call your doctor). When was the last time you did this? I know my Facebook feed always has at least one, “I’m sick, should I call the doctor” or “what is this rash” post every day.  

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Aetna Foundation.

Written by:: Annie

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She is THE Mama Dweeb 🙂 She created this blog back in 2009 and loves to inspire and connect with others through her writing. She also loves talking, dreaming, 90s pop and country music.


  1. says

    Man I am guilty of searching Dr Google when we are sick. It was certainly helpful when my oldest started having seizures at 5 1/2 months. Glad to see that companies recognize is and are working to get good info out there.

    • says

      I think searching online CAN be helpful. I am sorry to hear your oldest had seizures so young! That must have been terrifying!

      • RaChel says

        I agree it can be helpful – it’s where I became informed and empowered on some of my son’s troubling health issues. However, you do have to be careful about what the source is because there is also a lot of misinformation out there. Also, there is so much conflicting info that it can be incredibly confusing & overwhelming.

  2. Aimee says

    Ha! Soooo me. I cut my hand cooking one evening and had it on fb before the bleeding had even stopped. I was hoping for ER suggestions, didn’t even go to any that had been suggested.

    When I get sick, I don’t call the doctor, I research vitamin deficiencies or check the hours of operation of the juice place down the street.

    My husband thinks I’m nuts. I wasn’t always this way. I used to always go to the doctor right away. I used to get sinus infections frequently when I worked at a preschool. One year, I had three severe sinus infections (lasted 3 weeks and left me with subsequent mild hearing loss) dismissed as viral and to be treated by drinking water and resting; doc still wanted his $40 copay… I gave up on doctors after that. Holistic treatments and improving the way I eat have decreased my time being ill dramatically. Doctors aren’t useful to me. Shoot, even my lacerated hand was stitched up by a nurse practitioner.

    I’m going to quit now, I feel a tirade coming on.

    I might change my mind someday if I come down with something really bad, but even then, I’ll probably get second opinions from nutritionists and holistic providers.

  3. says

    Dr. Google gets me in a whole lotta trouble, a whole lotta the time. I’ve diagnosed myself with some things that make my doctors want to seek an order to prevent me from ever using the internet again. Turns out that my foot was blue because the new socks I bought had bled all over them, and I wasn’t about to loose an appendage because I was suffering from some rare malady.

    I’m glad Aetna is reaching out this way in order to partner with the internet to increase digital health technology as well as the other really cool programs that are being funded from these grants.

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