The following guides explain how to use the internet and mobile tools to manage your health care. Topics range from evaluating health information and buying health insurance, to searching for medical information using Google and choosing a good health app. Click on any of the guides below to get started.
Buying Prescription Medicine Online: The internet makes it easy to buy prescription medicine online. However, it’s important to be careful because there are many fake medicines out there. This Consumer Safety Guide by the Food and Drug Administration will help you safely search for and buy prescription medicine online.
Evaluating Health Information: There is so much health information available online that it is important to be able to tell “good” information from “bad.” This guide by MedlinePlus will help you evaluate health information online so that you know you’re using resources that are accurate and current. To learn more about evaluating internet health information, watch this tutorial from the National Library of Medicine.
Find a Health Care Provider: Choosing the right health care provider is an important part of managing your health. Healthcare.gov offers this guide to help you find a provider that is right for you. For more information on where to search for doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers and services located in North Carolina, see North Carolina Directories and Services.
Finding a Clinical Trial: Clinical trials are an important part of the medical research process. They answer questions that help researchers decide how well a drug or treatment works. To learn more about clinical trials and where to find one, click here to search the National Institutes of Health’s clinical research trials database.
How to Choose a Good Health App: With so many health apps out there, how do you choose the right one for your needs? The guide How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center offers a number of tips for separating the good apps from the bad.
How to Choose a Health Plan: Choosing health insurance can be confusing. The guide How to Choose a Health Plan by MedlinePlus helps you compare your options so you get the services you need for a price that fits your budget. For more information about health insurance in North Carolina, see Health Insurance SmartNC by the NC Department of Insurance.
Medical Encyclopedia: Search this Medical Encyclopedia by MedlinePlus to find definitions and explanations of diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries, as well as photographs and illustrations.
PubMed Tutorial: PubMed is a free online database with over 26 million articles on topics like medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences. This PubMed Tutorial will show you how to search for and get articles from PubMed.
Search for Medical Information on Google: You can search Google for medical information that has been reviewed by doctors. Click here to learn how to search google to find information on symptoms, treatments, and medical conditions.
Understanding Mobile Apps: Questions About your Privacy: Mobile applications can help you manage your health, like tracking calorie intake and physical activity. However, they can also pose a risk to your privacy. To learn more about mobile apps and how they may affect your privacy, read Questions About Your Privacy, presented by the Federal Trade Commission.