What Is Telemedicine
Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care—including remote diagnosis and treatment—at a distance when doctors and patients are in two different locations. While videoconferencing serves as the primary telemedicine platform, it is often supplemented by additional electronic solutions such as high-speed internet networks, email, smartphone texting, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and other terrestrial and wireless communications.
Although sometimes used interchangeably, there is a difference between telemedicine and its related term, telehealth, defined as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration” (Health Resources and Services Administration). Broader in scope, telehealth refers to remote clinical and non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, as well as telemedicine.
Benefits of Telemedicine
The history of telehealth and telemedicine in the United States spans 40 years, having primarily been utilized in remote worksites (such as offshore oil rigs) and rural areas lacking comprehensive healthcare facilities. More recently, however, advances in technology, the success of the Affordable Care Act, and a worldwide shortage of qualified medical doctors have contributed to the rising use of telemedicine solutions in more mainstream industrial settings.
Why is telemedicine becoming increasingly utilized by employers, insurers and healthcare providers? According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the key benefits of telemedicine include:
• Increased Access – Provides patients with more ways to access medical services that may not otherwise be available, and expands the capacity of physicians and health facilities to reach new patients.
• Cost Efficiency– Telemedicine has been shown to reduce the cost of healthcare and increase efficiency through better management of chronic diseases, shared health professional staffing, reduced travel times, and fewer or shorter hospital stays.
• Improved Quality of Care – Studies have consistently shown that the quality of healthcare services delivered via telemedicine are as good those given in traditional in-person consultations, with greater outcomes and patient satisfaction in some specialties.
• High Patient Demand – Consumers are asking for telemedicine technologies that reduce travel time, lost work and related stresses for themselves, their families and their communities.
For more detailed benefits by stakeholder category, see Services section.
Telemedicine is an increasingly common way to connect patients and physicians using virtual technology to reduce the cost of care and loss of work hours. Employers can improve access to quality healthcare for and save through:
eOccMed.com maintains a strong network of Board-certified physicians and licensed allied health professionals in a wide range of specialties to keep employees healthy and get them back to work quickly:
Telemedicine can also provide access to a high-level physician who (an injured worker) might not normally be able to get an appointment with.
When an employee becomes ill or injured at work, it is important for the company and worker to seek medical attention quickly and efficiently, following regulated safety and workers’ compensation guidelines. Telemedicine services allow employees to seek prompt medical attention without spending time at a doctor’s office or waiting for hours at an urgent care facility. Telemedicine may also provide access to high-level physicians who are otherwise unavailable. By speaking directly to a qualified medical professional from home or in the office, less work time is lost. Employees receive the help and follow up treatment they need, as well as referrals to specialists that may not have been accessible through urgent care.
Our on-site telemedicine kiosks optimize the treatment process for an ill or injured employee, managing care and expediting their return-to-work.
• Occupational Medicine
• Emergency Medicine
• Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
• Pain Management
• Addiction Medicine
• Internal Medicine-General
• Internal Medicine-Cardiology
• Internal Medicine-Toxicology
• Internal Medicine-Rheumatology
• Internal Medicine-Pulmonology
• Internal Medicine- Endocrinology
Allied Health Professionals:
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Doctor of Chiropractic
eOccMed.com—Enhancing Employee Wellness & Safety
Because of its convenience and cost-effectiveness, a growing number of companies are choosing to incorporate telemedicine services into their insurance plans as a supplement to traditional medical coverage.
Supported by our mission of Safe and Effective Healthcare for All, eOccMed.com provides expert telemedicine services, with a focus in two important areas:
Employees may receive evaluations, consultations and follow-ups with our member providers for a various non-emergency situations in the privacy of their own homes or from designated facilities at the worksite, thus reducing downtime and enhancing productivity. Referrals to our healthcare partners are provided for any necessary testing, procedures or ancillary treatments.
Employee Safety and Wellness
Our Mission and Philosophy
We are committed to transforming the future of healthcare through telemedicine based on principles of conscious capitalism: integrity, innovation, creativity, sustainability and respect.
Our Mission: To provide a convenient, cost-effective bridge between employees and medical providers that improves healthcare access, reduces lost work hours and enhances quality of care through the use of cutting-edge technology in a growing industry.
With our commitment to Employee Wellness and Safety, eOccMed creates value for and honors the interrelationship between all stakeholders, including patients, employers, payors, providers, suppliers, investors, society and the environment, so we can collaboratively evolve the field of telemedicine and together make the world a better place.
“A well-run, values-centered business can contribute to humankind in more tangible ways than any other organization in society.” (Conscious Capitalism, 2013)
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• Spine Surgery
• Hand Surgery
• General Surgery
• Podiatric Surgery
• Bariatric Surgery
• Plastic Surgery