I do this thing where I self diagnose myself, my kids, my husband and even strangers. If you are reading this I am probably diagnosing you right this very second. I am a medical panicker. A bruise surely means leukemia. Lower back pain is a damaged internal organ. A headache is surely brain cancer. I am 43 years into this process and let me just tell you, having technology at my disposal has been a sanity saver.
Turns out your eight year old son’s bruises actually just mean you have an active little boy. Your teen son’s low back pain means he was showing off in front of friends in the weight room and strained a muscle. Your own headaches mean you were blessed with three boys who spend a heck of a lot of time triggering your medical panic button.
Being able to find information on the web about your health is invaluable. Whether it is to ease your mind, tell you your symptoms should not be ignored, help you with weight loss and fitness, it is something everyone should have access to.
Thanks to a new initiative by the Aetna Foundation that reality is happening for the most vulnerable and poverty stricken Americans. On February 5, the Aetna Foundation announced more than $1.2 million in grants to support this kind of digital technology. These grants are part of an even bigger $4 million, three-year digital health commitment from the Aetna Foundation with the purpose of evaluating technology innovations that will help address public health concerns.
As we all know, mobile phones have become invaluable tools in our lives. As you can see by the infographic below, 25% of low income American’s have a smartphone. Providing them access to Health Information Technology allows them to find medical information, doctors and healthy living options for themselves and their families.
And? If they are medical panickers like I am, it might just give them one less thing to worry about everyday.
How often do you go online to look up a symptom either you or your kids have? Three times a day? That’s normal right?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Aetna Foundation.