Push for Telemedicine Advances During the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 1, 2020

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the use of telehealth services has skyrocketed, especially among at-risk seniors and patients located in rural areas with limited access to health care. In recent months, telemedicine has proven to be an effective and cost-efficient way to deliver care to patients — and government officials have taken notice.

If your company’s health insurance plan doesn’t already offer telemedicine options to workers, it’s time to consider adding it. If you do offer telehealth services, encourage employees to choose this option over traditional in-person appointments for preventive and other nonessential visits.

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Consider Telemedicine and Make Sure Employees Use It

September 25, 2018
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With outcomes that benefit employees and employers, telemedicine holds the promise of improving health care efficiency and quality as well as lowering overall cost.

Telemedicine continues to change the way that medical professionals and patients interact.

In a survey by the Mercer consulting firm, nearly three-quarters of employers with at least 500 workers said they make telemedicine services available. Yet employers with programs in place reported that only 7% of eligible employees used telemedicine at least once. And despite its wide availability, many employees who have access to telemedicine aren’t even aware that it’s an option for them. Read more