If you are an employer and one of your employees got injured on the job, having telemedicine on your side would be advantageous for both you and your employee. In a situation where the doctor is located too far away to care for the injury quickly, what do you do? This is where being able to see a doctor remotely could benefit the employer and the worker.
Companies that are located in rural areas may find access to a physician through telemedicine extremely helpful. That’s because telemedicine for employers is not only a quick way to connect patients with physicians, it is also a great way to cut costs. The costs begin adding up when injured workers are travelling long distances to get check-ups. But according to a report by Towers Watson, U.S. companies could realize more than $6 billion a year in health care savings with telemedicine.
No need to travel
Medical director at Helios, Robert Hall, MD, stated:
“From a workers’ comp standpoint, at that initial time of injury, there’s potential to triage normal severity, less complex claims. In situations where someone has a superficial burn or skin wound, a provider who’s distant can look at that remotely and say if they need to be seen more aggressively, if they need certain medications, or if it will heal on its own.”
Cost and speed are just two of many reasons why getting telemedicine for workers comp is a good idea. With telemedicine, employees will have the opportunity to have their injuries monitored by a high-level physician to make sure everything is looking right.
U.S. HealthWorks wants you to feel safe and like you are doing the best by your employees. Workers comp telemedicine is worth looking into for your company’s sake. For example, if you work in a restaurant and your employee gets burned, you want to make sure they get the help they need immediately. With telemedicine you will be cutting costs, saving your employees time, and making sure they get quick health service when an accident occurs.
Sources: Quicker Care With Telemedicine, www.riskandinsurance.com
Telemedicine gains ground in treatment of injured workers, www.modernhealthcare.com