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There’s More to Life: Why Time Magazine’s “Your Digital Life” Issue is Missing the Point






     I picked up the Time Magazine, “Your Digital Life” special edition, hoping to find something really fascinating, important, and informative about, well “digital life”. What I found inside was a catalogue of fun things you can do with technology, and a glaring oversight. Despite mentioning nearly every aspect of our social lives—from entertainment, to love life, to career, to safety, finance, and travel, the magazine had nothing to say on the topic of literally the most vital aspect of any life—that is, of course, health! Where was the article discussing the important new innovations in digital health care? Where was the information on the myriad of new ways of managing health, using the technology we use on a daily basis- that happens to be right in the palm of our hands?

Sure, there were mentions of the more cosmetic aspects of health, mainly focused on wearable technology. For instance, there was an article and infographic describing how you can “get in shape” with the help of some new devices, which from ranged mildly productive to entirely impractical, (shout out to the Spin Bike that lets you have virtual races against friends on Facebook).

But what if you think you’re pregnant, have a confidence shattering case of acne, or are concerned that your level of stress and those pains in your chest might be related?

What if you injured your knee (like I did) and want to find out about the best treatments before deciding if you really need to request that MRI?

What if you blew out your ear scuba diving in a foreign country (yep, that was me too), and half way through your vacation you need some advice (will pills do it Doc, or do I need to sit out the rest of the trip on the boat while my buddies go into the deep?)

What if an elderly relative needs some help managing their medication, and could use a few reminders?

With all that time you’ve spent learning critical information about the “New Dating Game” (according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that found that more than one third of marriages in the U.S. between 2005 and 2012 started online!), you could probably spare a minute to get Mom set up with daily reminders to help her manage her meds.

What the Time Magazine special edition really shows us is that even with all of this digital power, we have much yet to conquer. Although we’ve made great advances, we’ve taken for granted that which is the most essential ingredient to a fulfilling life: our health. It’s time to use the advances in technology for better medical care. With eHealth Global’s Virtual Secure Clinics, we are doing just that – we are making life better, by making health care more accessible, from your devices (or even Mom and Dad’s).

So, just what is ‘Digital Health’?

Digital health care commonly referred to as “telemedicine” can treat many of our most common and re-occurring health problems. It can help you handle a minor injury while you’re traveling that just requires some advice from your family doctor. Or maybe, like our first virtual clinic launching in 2015 allow you to to do, you need to tackle a bad case of acne that came up at the wrong time. Telemedicine can help with that. Or maybe it’s more private, more serious than skin problems. Perhaps you want to have a quiet HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) consultation, or you have a psychological issue you’d like to treat confidentially and comfortably in your own home. Or maybe it’s as simple yet life changing as giving your aging parents a tool that helps them better manage their mediations and health care, and gives you a little piece of mind.

Telemedicine, digital health care, mHealth, eHealth, whatever you call it, despite Time Magazine’s neglect, is a vital aspect of our future, in general, and on the web. From retail pharmacy management software, to virtual clinics, to medical lab delivery, increasing health care access and mobility, are the kind of world changing solutions we all truly need. I’ve already written about the ways telemedicine could potentially curb the spread of the infamous Ebola virus, but it goes so much deeper than that.

We at eHealth Global believe it is time to change health care, for everyone. And we’re ready. By this time next year, we predict there will be another, more robust section in “Your Digital Life,” that has something to do with the most important thing we can manage and care about in our busy lives – our health, and the health of the ones we love.






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Tim currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer, and CEO of 1to1Real. He is the founder of CMAEON Inc., 1to1Real, Private Market Cloud, eHealth Global, and Canada’s Private Cloud. With over 30 years of experience in business, technology and entrepreneurship in key industries, including the financial services sector, real estate, mortgage banking, technology, healthcare/telemedicine, online pharmacy, oil and gas and marketing.


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