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.
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. And, in some cases, attorneys representing injured workers may not support the use of telemedicine.
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 Telehealth State and Federal regulations and laws.