This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood on behalf of UPMC.

We’re all busy, it’s just the nature of life, right? But, when we or someone we love isn’t feeling well we drop everything and want them to be better, now.

We’re in the peak of cold and flu season, and it is so difficult, as a parent, to see your child sick and want to do whatever we can, as quickly as can, to make our little ones feel better.  UPMC Health Plan wanted to show parents how UPMC AnywhereCare can quickly and directly connect them to a healthcare professional without ever leaving home.

Here are a few scenarios that you can probably relate to, but I’m not going to leave you hanging without an option for dealing with them.UPMC Anywhere CareScenario One:  You tuck the kids into bed, give them a kiss on the forehead, and then have a little quiet time to yourself.  You fall asleep but somewhere in the middle of the night, your bedroom door opens and you feel a tugging at your nightgown.  You almost want to squeeze your eyes shut and pretend it’s a dream, but the tugging continues and when you open your eyes, your little one tells you with tear-filled eyes that their throat is sore and they can’t sleep.

Scenario Two:  Work has been stressful and you’ve been putting in more hours than you like, but you have a project due and time is of the essence. You’re feeling a bit run down but hope that once you get some sleep you’ll feel better. You do manage to get seven hours of sleep but when you wake up you feel just horrible.  Your nose is running, you’re coughing, and you feel as bad as you look but you have to go to work, there’s just no way to get around it.

So, what do you do for both of the above and a multitude of other similar situations? If your symptoms are non-emergent there is a convenient option for treatment, UPMC Anywhere Care.

What is UPMC Anywhere Care?

UPMC Anywhere Care

The flu can spread quickly but downloading the app is quicker. With UPMC AnywhereCare, you can see a medical professional on any device and if you sign up at http://upmchp.us/MHUPMCAnywhereCare by March 5th for a chance to win a free digital thermometer.

The app can be used on a video-capable mobile phone or tablet or via a desktop webcam via the UPMC Anywhere Care website (bookmark the page now so you have it when you need it:  http://bit.ly/2fnDwap )

If you’re in Pennsylvania, you’ll be connected with a UPMC doctor, while those outside of Pennsylvania will be connected with doctors staffed from American Well (Online Care Group).

Why UPMC Anywhere Care

  • UPMC Anywhere care is a real-time video consultation with a UPMC doctor so you get the help you need when you need it.
  • No need to leave the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you are.
  • Consultation with a real, high quality, trusted UPMC doctor face-to-face
  • Convenience.  No need to miss work or take too much time out of your busy day.
  • Save money.  Visits start at $49.00, but for those with UPMC Health Plan, the cost is similar to the cost of a PCP co-pay.

Whether you’re a busy mom or dad, a college student, a business professional or just someone who likes things taken care of now, this is for you.  You can find out more here, and while you’re at it I recommend you download the app and sign up and create your account so that you have it when you need it and remember that the UPMC Health Plan is giving away digital thermometers to help parents during this cold and flu season, along with instructions on how to download and use the UPMC AnywhereCare app.  Those who make a free UPMC AnywhereCare account by March 5, 2018, are automatically entered to win.

Read more about UPMC Anywhere Care on UPMC’s HealthBeat blog.