Employers see savings, increased productivity by offering telemedicine services

From Crain’s:

Telemedicine encompasses a growing variety of services using two-way video, email, smartphones, wireless blood pressure, weight and diabetes and heart monitoring and other technology. Services include remote consultations, primary and specialty care patient visits, health assessment, diagnosis, intervention and supervision.

A recent Towers Watson study of employers with at least 1,000 employees concluded that companies could save up to $6 billion per year if their employees routinely engaged in remote consults for appropriate medical problems instead of visiting emergency rooms, urgent care centers or physicians’ offices.

According to projections from IHS Technology, U.S. telehealth spending per year will rise from just $240 million in 2014 to $2.2 billion in 2018. It is predicted that there will be 7 million telehealth encounters in two years.

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