New York , NY – The advancement of healthcare has moved into a new and helpful format which allows policy holders to have access to telemedicine. This means basic medical attention can be as simple as a phone call.
The service has been around for a long time, but with viral concerns at the worst this country has ever seen, telemedicine services are proving to be more useful now than ever before. Telemedicine offers basic medical assistance and useful navigation of care without leaving home.
Telemedicine uses remote access and monitoring systems and helpful electronic data to effectively cut down service costs and allow patients to receive easy access to care at a lower cost. This leads to the reduction of non-emergency office visits and reduces the need for future office visits by allowing the alternative follow-ups which can be scheduled as a phone appointment instead of taking time off or losing pay.
Alongside physical ailments, telemedicine has proven to be helpful with mental health needs, allowing therapists to see their clients without concerns for possibly risky office visits. Some doctors have supported their patients while detoxing from substance or alcohol abuse at home. This service has helped allergy patients and patients with pain management needs or basic needs for attention such as a sore throat or a sour stomach.
Proven to be helpful during much of the business closures, telemedicine has kept some practices afloat. While telemedicine cannot service all needs, the ability to relieve unnecessary traffic in the doctor’s office is a plus.
Union bargaining agreements ensure that workers receive the best healthcare possible. Given the current status and reasons to keep socially distant, communities are searching to find their so-called “New Normal.”
Perhaps, this is it.
Telemedicine provides a way to receive the necessary treatment for non-emergency care without taking unnecessary risks. This expands the reach of care, improves clinical workflow, healthcare quality, and reduces patient no-shows to free up healthcare professionals to focus on patients with prioritized needs.
So be sure to check your healthcare benefits to see where this can be helpful. It might save you a visit.
Ben Kimmel is a proud member of IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach and Peer & Wellness Advocate. Ben can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.