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Feelin' sick? Positive for COVID-19? There's an app for that

By RED DIMAANDAL Published Jul 12, 2021 10:00 am

Think about this: how many times have you arrived at a doctor’s appointment prepared with a list of possible reasons for your ailment?

Most of us do that—if not for ourselves, then for someone we care about. We Google symptoms and self-diagnose before we decide whether or not to see a physician. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, you should know that not everything you see online is credible. While the Internet is great for a lot of reasons, replacing a professional diagnosis isn’t one of them.

Enter the MediCard Access Express App, or the MACE App –– a free mobile application that gives MediCard members a world of convenience, from setting a consultation with doctors online to having laboratory tests approved. With MACE, members can easily access information about their health plan, generate quick response codes and letters of authorizations (LOAs) for lab tests, search for accredited doctors, and view their reimburserment. App users can also view MediCard's partner hotels, restaurants, and merchants that offer exclusive discounts to members.

With the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changing how outpatient care is delivered in health care practices, providers have had to find easier ways to bring the health care you need to your doorstep. Instead of elective and preventive visits, MediCard's MACE app makes it possible for people to access the health care they need with less risk. 

A Tele Home Care Program for COVID-19 patients

During these times, the field of telemedicine goes beyond just a simple doctor’s visit, especially for COVID-19 patients. With their newest Tele Home Care Program, MediCard provides a service dedicated to providing healthcare to symptomatic COVID-19 patients, which includes daily telemedicine consultations with remote vital signs monitoring. In case an abnormal vital sign is identified, a nurse will call you, and if the need for hospitalization arises, they will assist you in identifying healthcare facilities within their network most accessible to you.

For the step-by-step guide to COVID-19 care at the comfort of your home, check this out: 

Regardless of what illness or barrier you face, telemedicine has become vital now more than ever. The process isn’t as all-encompassing as an actual in-person check-up or physical, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. Thanks to the proliferation of technology into every aspect of our lives, telemedicine has become a realistic option for so many people.

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