The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone have regular medical appointments to catch health problems before they start. However, many people find it overwhelming to manage their own, and their family's, health care decisions, particularly as the industry becomes increasingly complex. It’s hard enough remembering to make a doctor's appointment, let alone fitting that appointment in between everything else on a busy schedule.
Luckily new digital innovations are allowing people to do more online than ever before, and giving them easier access to medical providers. These innovations can help folks manage health care for the entire family by offering a number of online services such as: secure patient portals, online bill pay, nurse on call and online appointment scheduling.
Are you taking advantage of every resource you have available to manage your health care online? Here's what Phoenix families should know about online health care services being offered in their area
Find a doctor
Online find a doctor services make it easy to find a doctor based on your location, your illness or the doctor's specialty. In many cases, you’ll be able to see their areas of expertise, clinic hours, languages spoken, star ratings insurance accepted and whether they're currently accepting new patients.
Online bill pay
Save yourself the price of a stamp and the delay of the postal service by paying bills online. A patient needs only their bill and enrollment number to begin using the online bill pay service. Some providers will simplify the process even further by issuing a single billing statement for all outstanding balances rather than sending separate statements from the clinic, physician and other services.
Not sure if you should make an appointment, head to urgent care or wait out your symptoms? A nurse-on-call hotline allows you to speak with a nurse who can help you determine what level of care you need. This service is available at no charge to you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week