What is Telemedicine?

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What is TelemedicineHave you been hearing about Telemedicine and wondering to yourself, “What is Telemedicine?”. Well, wonder no more! Telemedicine is a new trend taking hold in healthcare that leverages technology to improve the cost, convenience, and efficiency of providing patient care, especially for non-emergency care or chronic conditions.

From Wikipedia: “Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.”

One of the primary benefits of Telemedicine is the convenience of it. You don’t have to worry about showing up to the doctor’s office 20 minutes before your appointment, having to wait for your doctor for another 30 minutes, and then lose half your work day just because you’ve got a sinus infection. Telemedicine eliminates the wait times at the office because you can wait at work or home for a doctor to be available. This helps to facilitate common reasons for visiting a doctor, such as a bad cold.

Telemedicine also helps to enhance communication between providers. For specific health needs, such as migraine headaches, you might normally have to speak to two or three different doctors separately to keep everyone up-to-date with your symptoms and overall condition. Telemedicine allows you to communicate to all members of your diagnostic team simultaneously, letting each level of doctor, from the specialist to your PCP, know what is going on.

Whether you have insurance or not, you should be considering adding a telemedicine plan for you and your family. You wouldn’t believe the cost savings and convenience. Your family will love it! Imagine having access to board-certified doctors or nurses, by phone or online, 24/7? Imagine having a consultation or getting advice, for FREE? You get this and more with AllyHealth’s Savings Card, which features Doctors by Phone through the MDLive telemedicine platform.

AllyHealth and MDLIVE are transforming healthcare by providing telehealth services that benefit both employer and employees. Lower costs, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, and immediate and convenient access to quality healthcare are just a few of the many benefits associated with Telemedicine Plans for Business.

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