WELL Has Women Covered on International Women’s Day
At WELL, we’re all about healthcare, and more specifically, telehealth. This International Women’s Day, we at WELL want to highlight some of the ways that telemedicine is being used to improve women’s health around the world. And for the latest updates on how WELL is changing the telehealth industry, follow our Telegram group at https://t.me/joinwell.
Preventative visits: It’s 2018, but women still bear the brunt of household and childcare labor, despite also holding full-time jobs. That means going to the doctor is just one more item on women’s endless to-do lists that often gets skipped. But thanks to telemedicine platforms such as WELL, which connects to IoT devices and allows you to check things like vitals at home, you no longer need to go to the doctor in order to see a doctor. We’ll work on fixing the gender inequality in household labor next, but while we’re waiting, you’re no longer off the hook for your annual physical.
Lactation consultants: We can rattle off a list of the benefits of breastfeeding, including nutritional value and a lower risk of disease and infection for babies, but none of that matters if you can’t get your baby to latch. But who has the time — or the energy — to go to a lactation consultant when figuring out the needs of a newborn? Luckily, now lactation consultations are available online, so you don’t even need to get out of your pajamas in order to up your breastfeeding game.
Breast cancer consultation: There’s very little that’s more frightening than cancer, and navigating the waters alone can be overwhelming. But when your health is on the line, you want to make sure you’re doing everything right. Dr. Rebecca Kaltman’s breast cancer consultations helps to streamline the process and ease some of the fear, all online. From providing second opinions to coordinating care and even researching clinical trials, Dr. Kaltman is helping women feel a bit more in control, even when they’re at their most vulnerable.
Cervical selfie: In developing countries where there’s a shortage of proper medical care, the cervical selfie — a photo of your cervix that’s taken through a device that attaches to your phone — is replacing pap smears and helping to detect and curb cervical cancer. It may not be your top selfie choice for Instagram, but it can help save your life.
Birth control: Gone are the days of having to go into the doctor’s office just to get a refill on birth control. Thanks to telemedicine, prescription services for everything from the birth control pill to yeast infection meds are available online. Which gives women greater control over their bodies — and their time.