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.