You Can Now Facetime with Doctors Using This New App
Avoid unecessary health and wellness providers' visits with Maven, a digital clinic made for women's health.
Part of the reason why we dread doctor's visits is the impractical wait time. Sitting an hour for what turns out to be a ten-minute visit makes you question why it was necessary to come in at all. The truth is, more than 70 percent of reasons people come to a doctor's office can actually be handled remotely. Enter Maven Clinic, a brilliant women-specific iOS app connecting patients with practitioners—it's Facetime with your doctor.
Maven is the latest in the movement towards telehealth, in which tools enable people to make a diagnosis at home. CellScope's Oto Home, for example, connects an otoscope (which looks inside the ear canal) to a smartphone app to guide parents to peer into a child's ear and send that information to a physician for a prescription. There's also PocketDerm, which enables board-certified dermatologists to assess you remotely and prescribe topical acne treatments.
Maven actually takes telehealth a step further by maintaining human connection. No matter your cause for seeking a healthcare professional, your video appointments feel as personal as a face-to-face meeting.
It is extremely simple to use: you browse practitioners, book an appointment time and video chat with your physician. Prices vary by practitioner and duration—when I set up an appointment with nurse practitioner Rebecca Callahan, it was $18 for ten minutes or $25 for 15 minutes, for instance. The roster of professionals, including doctors, nutritionists, nurse practitioners, mental health specialists, lactation consultants and more, cater to every woman's need whether it be prenatal care, family care, postpartum care or overall health and wellness.
CEO Katherine Ryder told us Maven built the team from the ground up, scouring thousands of healthcare professionals through friends, referrals, Facebook groups and even LinkedIn. What resulted is an amazing group of practitioners all approaching your health from a holistic standpoint.
There is a discussion feature where you can ask any question, anonymously if you wish, and get responses from multiple experts all at once. You not only have an OB/GYN's opinion followed by a second opinion from a nutritionist, but also third and fourth opinions from a physical therapist or mental health specialist. If you're guilty of Googling symptoms or searching WebMD for answers, this is a much, much more trustworthy resource.
The app is not meant to replace in-person visits at all, but rather streamline your appointments so you only go when necessary. You'll be able to share data about your Maven appointments with your primary care physician.
Maven is a godsend for busy, working women who find it difficult to make time for in-person appointments. I'm definitely guilty of this, seeing as I haven't formally seen a doctor in five years. My consultation with Callahan—who was calling from New Jersey while I was in New York—answered every burning question I've had about my health in just 15 minutes. Before our appointment, I filled out a "binder" of my medical history and any topics I wanted to cover specifically. During our meeting, I learned about a practice I could visit in person, some nutrition advice, a new yoga class I should try and gained an ease of mind over health concerns I didn't know how to remedy. I immediately felt connected and taken care of, and definitely plan to make another appointment when the time comes.
Download Maven Clinic here.