February 11, 2010

Are You Ready for TeleMedicine?

TeleMedicine is a growing healthcare alternative that allows individuals the ability to speak to or consult with a licensed physician by phone or web camera 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Most telemedicine services use medical records and telephone consultations to diagnose and recommend treatment for common conditions that you would normally cause you to miss several hours of work or personal time to make a to go to the doctors office, wait, wait some more and then have a short physician visit and send you home with a prescription to fill.

It is estimated that 70% of all primary care visits can be handled over the phone or through live video conferencing. Telemedicine services are not designed to replace your primary care physician, but serve as a care alternative. Telemedine companies require a small consulting fee of usually $25 to $35 and physicians will normally be able to respond to your initial call in thirty minutes to three hours.

QuoteBroker Insurance and Association Benefit Marketing have teamed together to bring this concept to employer groups and associations. Watch for a formal program announcement shortly.