Telemedicine has been around more than 100 years, but it is advancing with gains in mobile technology. A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found no difference in care levels or outcomes using telehealth.
Average costs are about $2,000 for an ER visit, $300 for urgent care, and $150 for a primary care office visit. Redirecting some of that to eHealth translates to lower cost. Individual programs differ, some offering the mobile consult for free and some charging a per-call fee, but all provide a benefit to employers in lowering absenteeism — as employees have less need to leave the workplace and spend even more time away waiting in the doctor’s office.
MeMD, Scottsdale-based, uses a secure webcam and a network of national urgent care providers to connect employees with common ailments to local healthcare providers. Founder and CEO John Shufeldt, M.D., J.D., MBA, F.A.C.E.P., estimates that employers providing this on-demand medical care typically see a $400 reduction in annual healthcare costs per employee.
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