What our digital services could do for you
Let’s take Michelle as an example. Michelle has been working from home since lockdown started. She has diabetes and is registered on the Chronic Illness Benefit and the Diabetes Care Programme.
Tools to connect you to healthcare while you stay safe at home
To avoid busy pharmacies, she uses MedXpress and the Discovery app to order her diabetes medicine and get it delivered to her house. She had her medicine delivered to her workplace before, but the app makes it easy to change addresses.
She’s also been using the Discovery app to have virtual consultations with her GP. She’s been able to take care of her chronic condition and speak to her doctor about diabetes without leaving home. She and her GP use Track your health to make sure that she keeps up the exercise and screenings she needs to be as healthy as possible. She also earns rewards!
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With lockdown alert level 1, Michelle decides to visit her parents in a different province because she hasn’t seen them in months. She’s not worried about her blood sugar levels during the drive there because she was careful about what she eats and took her medicine when the Discovery app’s Medicine Tracker reminded her to.
Soon after she gets to her parent’s house, she runs around the house with their dogs and slips and falls. It feels as if she’s twisted her ankle. Michelle’s mom insist they see a doctor in person to make sure it’s just a sprain.
The improved Find a healthcare provider search tool tells Michelle that while there isn’t a network GP nearby, she has partial cover for a visit to the closest GP. She’ll have to pay him and claim back, but all she needs to do after the visit is take a photo of her invoice with all the details and submit the claim using the Discovery app.
As her mom drives her to the GP, Michelle wonders if she has benefits to pay for the unexpected doctor’s visit. Michelle checks this in seconds when she asks Ask Discovery on WhatsApp for her Medical Savings Account balance.
Luckily, the GP tells Michelle that she’s just sprained her ankle, but that she should rest her foot for a while. Because she has diabetes, taking care of her feet is important.
She and her mom are grateful it’s nothing serious this time. But if it’s ever necessary, she can pre-authorise a hospital stay using the Discovery app or the website.
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The Discovery app is for anyone that has at least one active Discovery product. To use the app, you must be registered on the Discovery website. You will use the same username and password for this app as for the Discovery website. If you are not yet registered on the Discovery website, register now.
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While COVID 19 continues to dominate the headlines, it’s as important as ever to take care of yourself and your chronic conditions. Here are four ways and some online tools to help keep you as healthy as possible.
Technology has created many benefits for our lifestyle. Life is easier; you have choices that are best suited for you; and you save costs and valuable time. These benefits of technology are now also changing how we manage our healthcare journey at our fingertips.
In his opinion, Dr Sudeshan Govender, a General Practitioner in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, believes the digital revolution will improve healthcare for both patients and healthcare practitioners