Doctor on Call: Your Guide to Online Healthcare
The Best Web Sites for Managing Your HealthStart Here for Fast Relief
These Web sites make managing your health easier than ever.ZocDoc.com
In the New York City area (with plans to expand), ZocDoc lets you make appointments with doctors or dentists just by going online. Like OpenTable.com for foodies, it allows you to create "reservations" with a doctor and take advantage of last-minute cancellations.Americanwell.com
Launched in the summer of 2008, American Well offers virtual doctor visits -- the ability to talk with a clinician, even a specialist, in real time, 24 hours a day. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Hawaii was the first to pick up the service; in early 2009, other major insurance companies are expected to offer it as well.iMedix.com
Like Facebook for healthcare, iMedix is a community-based Web site that allows you to create a profile and add whatever health issues interest you. Then you can chat with other members who share the same concerns. Is it normal to have bad monthly cramps at age 30? Are there any great home remedies for fighting a migraine? Post your question and be prepared for answers, stat.Healia.com
This consumer-health search engine lets you narrow your inquiries with a filter to find clinical trials related to a topic that interests you, as well as the latest studies in academic journals.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2009.
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