Telemedicine, an untapped healthcare strategy
The use of electronic communications by healthcare providers, to diagnose and treat patients via electronic communications, has gained a lot of traction in the last five years for a variety of reasons.
Presently, private insurers in about 22 States and the District of Columbia are required to cover this option in the same way they cover in-person healthcare visits. Improved technology and access has made this practice much more efficient and effective, thus making tele-medicine strategy more popular with employers today. Around 20% currently offer tele-medicine services, and more than 60% said they will be doing so within the next two years.
For Employees and Employers, Several significant telemedicine benefits do translate to other positives such as
• Reduced absenteeism (employees aren’t missing work for appointments and tests),
• Fewer hospital stays and admissions,
• A decrease travel time to and from doctor’s visits,
• Increased appointment compliance (workers are more likely to stick to telemedicine appointments then in-person visits) and
• A prime selling point: The low cost for employees and employers.
What’s your prospective on the future and scope of telemedicine?