Our Five Ring Circus: A Healthcare App for Busy Moms #AnywhereCare

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Healthcare App for Busy Moms #AnywhereCare

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

Whether you are a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, have one kid or 10 kids, life as a mom is busy! As a mom of four, wrangling chaos and juggling kids and schedules is my norm. I don’t have much time to worry about anything else. Worrying about arranging healthcare, especially for sick visits, shouldn’t top my list of worries!

Healthcare App

Thankfully, there’s an app for that! UPMC Anywhere Care allows you to have a face-to-face visit with a doctor right from your mobile device or computer! The app is free to download, and it’s also free to sign up for an account. The visits start at $49, but for those with a UPMC Health Plan, the cost is similar to a copay.

If you live in Pennsylvania, you will be able to visit with a UPMC doctor during your video consultation. For those outside of Pennsylvania, you will be able to visit a doctor from American Well, which is an online care group. All video consultations occur in real-time.

The flu seems to be hitting everybody this year, and it can be very serious. Now you can see a quality health care provider with a UPMC AnywhereCare virtual visit without leaving your home! And if you sign up at http://upmchp.us/MHUPMCAnywhereCare by March 5, you will have a chance to win a digital thermometer!

UPMC AnywhereCare

When one of my kids gets sick, it’s a lot of work just to schedule an appointment with their pediatrician. Not only do I have to work around five different schedules, but I also have to arrange childcare for my other kids, unless I want to bring my entire crew to the sick visit.  If that doesn’t work, we end up at Urgent Care after my husband gets home from the office. Although necessary, it does cause added stress for all of us. And if there’s a sick parent? Those appointments rarely happen!

One of my biggest concerns about sick visits is bringing all the extra germs back home with us. With a child who has special needs, I worry so much about him getting sick. He doesn’t get sick often, but there have a been a few times that he ended up in the hospital over simple ailments, because he can get very sick very quickly.

UPMC Anywhere Care is exactly what my busy family needs! The ability to visit with a UPMC physician without having to leave my home is an incredible convenience. There haven’t been any sick visits since I learned about the #AnywhereCare app, but I already downloaded the app and signed up for an account, so it’s ready to go when needed! For a family who has multiple kids, including one who has special needs, this app has the potential to be life changing for us!

UPMC Anywhere Care is a great alternative to urgent care, retail clinics and emergency room visits for non-emergency situations. It saves you time and money by allowing you to have a face-to-face, real-time visit with a doctor from the convenience of your home, or really, anywhere!  All that you need for your visit is a video capable cell phone, tablet or computer.

Personally, I think one of the biggest benefits of using UPMC Anywhere Care is the convenience of not having to wait. You don’t have to schedule an appointment with your doctor and wait to go, you don’t have to drive to an office or a clinic just to sit in the waiting room or wait in an examination room for a busy doctor to show up. You don’t have to deal with traffic, parking, germs or waiting, so that’s already a win!

You simply use the app the moment you need healthcare, and wait in the comfort of your own home until a doctor is available for a video consultation. It’s perfect for families like my family, but also a great resources for college students or business professionals that have a tough time fitting things into their schedules. 

UPMC AnywhereCare App

Here’s a list of the common illnesses that can be diagnosed while using UPMC Anywhere Care:
  • Coughs
  • Allergies
  • Pink Eye
  • Sinus Infections
  • Upper Respiratory Infections
  • UTI
  • Bronchitis

Take these four simple steps to get diagnosed quickly RIGHT NOW:
UPMC AnywhereCare App

Give it a try! Download the free UPMC Anywhere Care mobile app and sign up for your free account today! You can start your visit as soon as you sign up for an account. Read more about #AnywhereCare on the UPMC HealthBeat blog.

Although I’m hoping we can avoid a sick visit for as long as possible, the reality is that at least one of us is going to get sick this winter, if not all of us! I’m so glad UPMC Anywhere Care is there to help make sick visits quick and convenient for this busy mom of four, because my time is valuable. And ANYTHING that saves me time is welcome in my life!



  1. I love how so many things like this are getting more and more convenient for people to access. It is definitely time they take advantage of technology.

  2. This sounds like a great app. I know it would definitely be easier if we could schedule doctor's appointments or visit doctors like this. I understand that sometimes a doctor needs to see us in person to check our vitals, etc., but sometimes it's easier to get recommendations for cold, flu, and virus symptoms this way--plus, it keeps my sick child away from others... Since you have four children and a husband to care for, I can certainly understand how an app like this would be useful. Thank you for sharing this great tip!


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