March 10, 2016:
Telemedicine is a rapidly expanding new method of treatment in which patients can access healthcare providers remotely through electronic communication. Some of these channels include video conferencing, smart phones, tablets, email and others. By using telemedicine, patients can quickly connect 24/7 to an accredited healthcare professional without having to come into a clinic.
Telemedicine providers can diagnose and order prescriptions instantly, saving time and money. It is not meant to be used in emergency situations, but it is effective in treating conditions like ear infections, UTIs, pink eye, cold & flu, bronchitis, respiratory infections, allergies, sinus issues and similar ailments. This can be extremely beneficial to individuals in remote areas or those unable to travel to a healthcare facility. Additionally, the cost of a telemedicine visit versus a traditional healthcare facility visit is significantly less expensive and takes much less time. To demonstrate the growth, effectiveness and improved efficiency of telemedicine, check out some of these compelling statistics from the American Telemedicine Association:
- Over 50% of hospitals in the United States have a telemedicine program
- There was an estimated 800,000 telemedicine visits in the United States last year
- U.S. Employers could save an estimated $6 billion per year by providing access to telemedicine for their employees
- 67% of patients that used telemedicine reported increased satisfaction with their healthcare
These statistics demonstrate that not only is telemedicine a viable alternative to traditional healthcare, but that in many cases, it is preferred. The time and cost savings to employers and employees make offering telemedicine worth considering.
Diversified Insurance Solutions offers access to telemedicine for employers through Teladoc, a national network of board-certified doctors in the United States that are available 24/7 to diagnose, treat and prescribe medication if needed. Through our relationship with UBA (United Benefit Advisors), we are able to offer Teladoc at competitive pricing, making it a feasible option for our clients to access telemedicine as well as offer it to their employees.
If you are interested in learning more about Teladoc and how offering telemedicine to your employees can reduce your organization’s overall healthcare costs, please contact me and I will be happy to discuss it with you further.
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