The alarm sounds off like a trumpet slicing through the silence of the morning. Its 6:00 am on Monday morning. A cough and sore throat combo has you struggling to find the motivation to leave the warmth of your bed. However, the kids need to be taken to school and you have a major presentation at work-theres no time to waste sitting in a crowded urgent care waiting room. Luckily you work for a company that understands colds are not reserved only for the weekends and has provided a telemedicine program with your health benefits package. You make an appointment quickly through eNcounter Web, a telemedicine software application, and you are speaking with a real doctor in minutes from the comforts of your home. You save time, money and still retain the peace of mind from speaking with a professional physician.
The New World of Employer Health Benefits
A scenario like this is the growing trend as employers begin to offer telemedicine services to their employees. In fact, telemedicine is becoming so widespread that 96% of all major employers plan to make telehealth services available to their employees in 2018. Telemedicine in the workplace offers employers a unique and beneficial way to ensure their employees are receiving timely and convenient health care. Employers can offer telehealth benefits as part of an overall health insurance package or even provide an access to a telehealth program or on-call physician. Telemedicine offers a variety of benefits to both the employer and employee:
- Reduced cost of healthcare benefits and less out of pocket fees for copays at urgent care or emergency rooms.
- Saves time by avoiding in office visits and reducing absenteeism.
- More direct care leads to a healthy work force and increased productivity.
Additionally, millennials now comprise the largest percentage of todays workforce and place more value on health care that is convenient and cost effective. They are also more likely to adopt new technology than other generations, making them prime candidates for telehealth visits.
Telehealth can also alleviate the concern some employees may feel about taking time off work for appointments. The traditional method of in-person doctor visits may actually have some employees missing important preventative care appointments. Nine in ten Americans stated they would cancel or reschedule a preventive care appointment due to workplace pressures. Millennials are especially prone to these pressures. Three in four working millennials say their employer has made them feel that they should avoid going preventive care appointments during work hours.
Employers can show their employees how important their health is by providing telemedicine as a part of their benefits. GlobalMeds Chief Clinical Officer, Gigi Sorenson, RN, MSN states that offering telemedicine benefits both the employees and the employer.
Providing staff with the access to quality, timely care improves clinical outcomes and lowers overall costs, says Sorenson. Leveraging telemedicine platforms by employers shows a level of employee engagement and success that is above and beyond typical behavior. Employees dont have to leave work, backlogs are not created, timely diagnoses and treatments expedite recovery, and employees feel a sense of care from their employer.
The GlobalMed Workplace
At GlobalMed, telemedicine is our business. From our bustling manufacturing floor to ongoing training sessions in office, our workplace is nothing but telemedicine. From our main headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ, we strive to create and produce the equipment and software that ensures an easy-to-use, safe telehealth experience. Whether you are an employer or an employee, our products, such as the latest eNcounter Web software application, allow you to access a physician from anywhere. With GlobalMed, theres no more wasted sick days spent in the waiting room.