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.
For many businesses, telemedicine can provide fast, convenient, and affordable care for workplace injuries and illnesses. They can also improve their handling of workers compensation claims—and potentially lower costs—provided telemedicine is offered as an option for medical treatment by their workers compensation carrier.
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.
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