Studies show, it takes nearly 2.6 weeks to get an appointment with a primary-care provider. Telemedicine allows you to do it in 2.6 seconds. As technology continues to evolve, so has traditional health care. Doctors are finding more ways to efficiently and conveniently care for patients through the use of telemedicine. Telemedicine uses technology to facilitate communication between a doctor and patient who are not in the same physical location for the purpose of medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.
Telemedicine offers numerous benefits for employees such as remote access, convenient care, availability of specialists and cost savings. A telemedicine visit with a doctor can prevent an employee from having to take a half day off of work to seek medical care for something as minor as a sinus infection. More importantly, it can help stabilize a condition or ward off illness and even disease. A study from Towers Watson shows that U.S. employers could save up to $6 billion per year by providing telemedicine technologies to their employees.
Telemedicine is not intended to be a complete replacement for face-to-face healthcare. It can serve as a beneficial supplement to traditional medical care. Incorporating this into your benefits package can reduce your medical costs while providing your employees access to a quality health care option. SIA Group’s benefit operating system allows you to streamline your enrollment process and gives your employees access to the United States’ first and largest telehealth service. Contact us today for more information!
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