With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, telemedicine is proving to be an increasingly valuable tool for employers to have as part of their health benefits plan.
Virtual doctor’s visits make it easier for doctors and patients to connect. Patients are more likely to seek care at the first signs of illness when a visit is as simple as scheduling a video chat at a convenient time. In turn, this can better their chances for a complete and speedy recovery.
In addition, trying to take time off from work for a doctor’s appointment can be challenging, not to mention inconvenient. And for those who live in remote areas with limited access to medical treatment, the trip to an in-office medical appointment can be even more challenging.
So, how does it work?
It’s as easy as picking up a smart phone or tablet or by logging in on a computer any time of day. Once connected, members can be treated by a licensed medical professional over a video chat at little or no charge.
Employees don’t have to take time off of work to go to the doctor and there’s no network penalties. Care is offered 24/7/365.
Are there some things a virtual visit can’t treat? Sure. Telemedicine is not for life-threatening injuries. However, telehealth services can be used for a variety of physical and mental health concerns such as flu, allergies, ear infections, urinary tract infections, pink eye, anxiety and so much more.
Almost every industry is shaped by technology, and the medical industry is no exception. The future of health care is looking brighter and more accessible, all thanks to technological advancements such as telemedicine.
To learn more about Allied’s health plans that include telehealth, click here.
Founded in 1970, Allied National is one of the nation's oldest and most experienced third-party administrators. We're the small group benefit experts working to provide unique and affordable group health benefits to small business employers.
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Allied National is a 90 Degree Benefits Company, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Founded in 1970, Allied National is one of the nation's oldest and most experienced third-party administrators. We're the small group benefit experts working to provide unique and affordable group health benefits to small business employers.