Telemedicine Use by Employers Rising in New Study

Use of telemedicine by employers on the riseAs employers look for ways to reduce health care costs and absenteeism while increasing worker productivity, and as consumers become more adept at videoconferencing, workplace telehealth services are poised to become mainstream. More companies are pursing telemedicine, according to a new survey of nearly 3,000 large employers by the global consulting firm Mercer. In 2011, 11% of large employers — those with at least 5,000 employees — said they have a telemedicine program in place, up from 5% of large employers in 2010, according to Mercer. But experts caution that key issues such as provider reimbursement and credentialing across state lines still need to be adequately addressed. Additionally, it’s unclear whether telehealth will further fragment the patient care experience or enhance the push toward more comprehensive, continual care. ===> Continue Reading

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