Imagine waking up in another country and your throat is scratchy and you just don’t feel good. That is exactly what happened to me while I was in California a couple of weeks ago. I could tell that my body was run down and I just didn’t feel good. But I was in California and the thought of leaving my hotel room to find a doctor sounded worse than my sore throat.
I knew I needed to talk to someone but really didn’t want to get dressed and ready to go and find a doctor who would see me. Especially not knowing what it would cost or if they would take our insurance or every other question I had in my head. Thankfully I have a Samsung S8 phone which I love and knew that you can contact a doctor via Samsung Health!
Yes!!! You can reach out to a doctor via your phone and it is super easy to use!
When you go into the Samsung Health app on your phone you see your steps and other biometric data you can track. If you skip a few buttons to the right you will see a tab called Experts. When you click on this tab you can sign up for online doctor visits! There are doctors available 24/7 to answer your questions and help you feel better!
When you sign up the app will ask for your full name, what state or location you are currently in and your birth date and gender. You will need to accept a couple of terms of service before it takes you to the menu of services available.
You can choose to pick the first available doctor or look for a specific doctor. You can easily mark what you would like to discuss via the app. From colds and stomachaches to fevers and sleep issues. I found the app to be really easy to use even while not feeling good.
Did you know you can track and share biometric data with your doctor. Samsung Health measures these health data points:
- Pulse (bpm) – The pulse is the measure of the heart rate, which is the number of times the heart beats per minute. The pulse rate may go up or down depending on various factors, including exercise, illness, injury, and emotion. A normal resting pulse rate for healthy adults is between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
- SpO2 – The pulse-ox measures the percentage of oxygen in the blood. The percent of oxygen in the blood can go down if a person is not breathing well, such as during an asthma attack or when they have pneumonia. It also might be low if a person has a disease such as congestive heart failure.
- Blood Pressure – Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. Blood pressure can vary depending on exercise, illness, injury, and emotion. However, consistently high blood pressure is called hypertension and is related to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Weight (self-reported) – Weight is an important measure to understand the general health of adults or children. Any unintended rapid weight loss or weight gain is a sign of a potential illness.
- Glucose (self-reported) – Glucose is the amount of sugar in the blood. Normally the body can regulate sugar in the blood appropriately, however, in times of illness, blood sugar can become dangerously high or low. Also, patients who have conditions like diabetes need their blood sugar closely monitored to ensure that they are at normal levels.
You may be wondering what conditions you can get treated over the phone with Samsung Health. Check out this list!
Common Conditions treated with Urgent Care
- Sinus infection
- Cold/upper respiratory infection
- Sore throat
- UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
- Yeast Infection
- Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis
- Stomach Infection (Gastroenteritis)
- Hypertension/high blood pressure
I am super excited that Samsung Health provided me with a discount code to share with everyone! You can use SAMSUNG2 to get $10 off a doctor visit! How great is that!
* READER PROMO CODE DETAILS – $10 OFF of a doctor visit which is regularly $59, making it $49 with use of the code; expires 3/31/18
You can earn Samsung reward points for enrolling (while supplies last), , subject to certain terms and conditions, available at http://www.samsung.com/us/samsung-health/rewards-ask-an-expert
Compensation for this post was provided to me by Samsung via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Samsung or MomTrends. Ask an Expert (Online Doctor Visits) is a service offered through Samsung Health that helps you easily connect to medical and wellness experts from your phone. Samsung Health requires a compatible Android phone and a Samsung account. The Online Doctor Visits service is available in the U.S., except in Arkansas. The service is not for people suffering from medical emergencies or serious life-threatening conditions. If you have a serious medical concern, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency department.