You carry a telephone with a camera, calculator, encyclopedia, personal trainer, calendar, your entire family tree, and a lifetime of photo albums in your pocket. Why not have a doctor in there too?
TeleMed does exactly that.
Many experts claim this is the future of medicine. A recent survey found that 90% of healthcare executives were in the process of developing or implementing a telemedicine program. The number of Telemed users has risen dramatically in recent years. Just five years ago, telemed patients were around 350,000. Today, this number is easily into the millions. Once patients see how it works, most patients have been happy with their experience.
How do I use it?
Telemed gives you access to U.S. board-certified doctors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year who can treat many of your medical issues by phone or video. It is a national network using electronic health records to provide certified medical care. All without ever stepping foot in a doctor’s office. Sounds pretty nice, huh?
Does it work?
Of course there is something to be said for the value of an in-person interaction in a doctor’s office. When surveyed though, only 16 percent of patients would rather go to the ER than use telemedicine for treatment of minor issues. Best of all, Telemed seems to be just as effective as going to the doctor’s office. A recent study of 8,000 patients who used telemedicine recorded “no difference in care outcomes between in-person and virtual care.”
What can I use Telemed for?
Telemedicine can be used for a variety of minor health issues. While it should not be used for any condition where a physical exam is necessary or where life-threatening symptoms are present, it can treat many common ailments including:
- Colds and Flu
- Insect Bites
- Respiratory Infections
- Skin Inflammations
- Sore Throats
- Sprains & Strains
- Bladder Infections
- Sports Injuries
It can also be used by surgeons for follow-ups and post-op checks on patients who are recovering at home. Various types of specialty doctors can use telemed to discuss other issues like infertility, lab results, rehabilitation needs, etc.
How to provide TeleMed for your employees
If TeleMed is not already part of your benefits package, it’s worth talking to your provider. By giving your employees access to a nurse, doctor, or specialist 24 hours a day, you reduce visits to urgent care and emergency rooms while minimizing the length of hospital stays. It’s a win-win for employees who get the care they need while keeping insurance costs low.