Many experts believe that the emerging telemedicine market is the next big thing in health care. Telemedicine technology gives employees access to top-notch medical care from their home or any location, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In lieu of a doctor’s visit, patients access certified physicians over telephone or online video. In some cases, the physician can diagnose and prescribe treatment on the call or video. Telemedicine reduces emergency room utilization, is less expensive,easier to access than urgent care centers, and improves healthcare accessibility.
Contact us to learn more about how telehealth can function as an innovative, affordable add-on to your existing benefits plan.
Telemedicine in action
The following is excerpted from Kaiser Health News.
“WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On the day abdominal pain and nausea struck Jessica Christianson at the office, she discovered how far telemedicine has come… Christianson, 29, consulted a nurse practitioner in Miami via two-way video. The nurse examined her remotely, using a stethoscope and other instruments connected to the computer station. Then, she recommended Christianson seek an ultrasound elsewhere to check for a possible liver problem stemming from an intestinal infection.
The cost: $15. She might have paid $50 at an urgent care center.”
For the full article in Kaiser Health News, click here.
Part of your strategy for improving health of your employees and lowering costs
Telemedicine is one building block that you might choose to implement in value-based benefits design. The experts at Rittenhouse Benefits are standing by to help you lower benefit costs and improve employee satisfaction. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation.