Worldwide, telemedicine is a growing option for connecting injured or sick employees with quality medical care from work or home. And now, as public officials urge patients to avoid hospitals and practice social distancing, there is a new surge of interest in using telehealth services to get remote treatment, fill prescriptions and get medical attention during the COVID-19 crisis.
Telemedicine refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present to meet with each other. A patient in one location can connect to a doctor, nurse, physical therapist or other healthcare provider in another location through a smart phone, tablet, or computer.
Keep in mind that telemedicine is not appropriate for serious injuries and cannot replace emergency room care. Some employees may prefer to receive medical care at a doctor’s office or healthcare facility even when telemedicine is an option.
Should your business decide to consider telehealth services for employees, it is important to choose a provider that is in full compliance with current applicable regulations and laws.
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