Your health is important — but making sure that you handle everything from taking your vitamins to scheduling your doctors’ appointments can require more time than we always have. There are more than a few of your health tasks and projects — such as meal planning, stress management, researching conditions, information tracking, disease management, and prescription management — that you can handle off to someone else.
- Medical Records: You can store all of your health information, whether it’s a record from a hospital stay or a prescription from a doctor’s stay, in one place. Google Health provides a centralized health record that allows you to skip carrying your records to individual doctors.
- Prescription Management: There are a variety of companies that, once you have a prescription, will fill and mail it to you at your home. Refills are automatically sent, as well. Many insurance companies will have you work with a specific prescription delivery system.
- Find A Doctor: Choosing a doctor can be difficult without a clear recommendation, but there are several websites that bring together recommendations and rankings for doctors such as MyDocHub.
- Disease Management: There are a variety of online tools for disease management, as well as applications for phones and PDAs. A good example is diabetes management: there are many different iPhone apps, including DiabetesLog, DiaMedic, and GlucoseCharter.
- Dieting: Many diet plans make the process simple — Weight Watchers provides meal plans, meetings, and an entire process for dieting.
- Exercise: Planning out exercises that will actually help you meet your goals can take some research, but you can work with a personal trainer who can handle all the planning while you just focus on working out. In fact, you can even hire personal trainers virtually through online services such as FitOrbit.
- Medical Tourism: Traveling to countries where certain medical procedures are less expensive is becoming more common. You can have the entire trip prepared by a specialized travel agent who can book both a surgery and a hotel room.
- Meal Planning: What you eat can have a major affect on the rest of your health, but planning meals around allergies and other dietary needs can be difficult. A dietitian can plan out meals that meet your needs. If you’re going out to eat, you can research which restaurants near you offer the healthliest meals using GoodFoodNearYou.
- Individual Insurance: If you don’t receive health insurance through an employer, finding an affordable individual policy can be difficult. However, online companies like eHealthInsurance offer quotes from multiple insurance companies, allowing you to easily control information.
- Stop Smoking: There are plenty of tools for quitting smoking online, but there’s even one that allows you to use Twitter to quit smoking. Qwitter provides tools to track your progress as well as get support through the process.
- Research Conditions: In the past, finding information about a particular ailment could be difficult. But sites like WebMD make finding information much easier.
- Track the Flu: Google Flu Trends can give you an idea of what’s happening with flu patterns faster than many other indicators, helping you determine if you need to be taking extra precautions, like getting a flu shot.
- Doctors’ Appointments: If you’re already working with a virtual assistant, scheduling appointments can be a useful task for your assistant to handle. If she already has access to your calendar, she can make sure your appointments don’t conflict with your other obligations.
- Medical Expenses: Managing the costs of healthcare can be time consuming, but Change Healthcare offers free tools to help manage, analyze, and even minimize medical expenses.
- Custom Vitamins: Multi-vitamins give you a little of everything, but they don’t always give you the exact vitamins you need in the right amounts. Several companies, such as Mitamins, put together custom vitamin packs and then send them to you automatically, ensuring that you get the right supplements with no worries.
- Insurance Appeals: The health insurance process is complicated enough that sooner or later you’ll need to appeal a decision. If it’s a small decision, you may just need someone to make a few calls for you, but if it’s a large appeal, it may be worth hiring a lawyer who specializes in insurance claims to handle it.
- Massage and Relaxation: There are a wide variety of spas that provide massages and other relaxation treatments both as a la carte options and as package deals. You can specify exactly what you want and the spa will schedule times.
- Stress Management: Stress can be a key cause of other health issues. Many doctors recommend reducing stress, and outsourcing some of your daily responsibilities may be a shortcut to reducing stress.
- Concierge Healthcare: While concierge health services may not be the least expensive way to make sure that your health needs are taken care, they’re one of the fastest. Especially for more minor health issues, having a physician’s assistant or other health professional come to your home or office can simplify matters.
- Healthcare While Traveling: Your health insurance may not always travel with you. An easy solution is picking a traveler’s insurance package that will direct your to local doctors in the case of an emergency while you’re abroad.
- Information Tracking: You may track your meals or a daily test result or a variety of other information about your health. Handling that information when you’re out and about can be difficult — but if you have a phone capable of text messaging and a Twitter account, you can send your information to your.flowingdata, which will track and analyze your data.
- Get Well Cards: A number of different services will handle sending out your “get well soon” cards, often along with flowers or another gift. You can also send get well e-cards.
- Long-Term Care: While you may be in perfect health, you may have a relative in need of care beyond what you can provide. A local nursing service can provide assistance with long-term care and in-home help.
- Medical Power of Attorney: There are several legal documents which are important to have in place in case of a medical emergency, such as a medical power of attorney. While you can draw up these documents yourself, most attorneys can provide you with such a document quickly.
- Pet Healthcare: If you need to take care of your pet’s health, similar options are available — there are prescription delivery services, as well as a variety of professionals ready to take care of every aspect of your pet’s health.
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