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Healthcare entities offering employees direct-to-consumer telemedicine could cut costs nearly 25%

Embracing Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth: Shaping the Future of Healthcare.

Exciting times are ahead in healthcare as direct-to-consumer telemedicine gains momentum. The recent insights from this article shed light on how healthcare is evolving, putting patients firmly in control of their well-being. With the power of virtual care at our fingertips, patients can now access quality medical consultations from the comfort of their homes, reducing wait times and enhancing convenience.

A man conducting a virtual healthcare visit on his laptop.
Employees can conduct virtual health care visits anywhere!

Direct-to-consumer telemedicine not only transforms patient experiences but also paves the way for more efficient healthcare delivery. As the digital revolution sweeps through the medical landscape, it's inspiring to witness and be a part of how technology is bridging gaps, offering real-time solutions, and contributing to a healthier world.

"This research shows the clear financial benefits when hospitals and health systems offer telemedicine services directly to their own employees," Chaiyachati said in prepared remarks.

While the institution’s direct-to-consumer offering to its employees resulted in a 10% increase in telemedicine utilization, it still provided overall cost savings of approximately 23% compared to costs associated with in-person visits. “The program made care easier, and it lowered the costs of delivering each episode of care,” the study’s senior author David Asch, MD, MBA, said in the same news release. “But making care easier makes for more care: People who might otherwise have let that sore throat go without a checkup may seek one when it’s just a phone call away.” The analysis was conducted using data from visits that occurred prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, telemedicine encounters increased substantially during the height of the pandemic, and the authors believe that the savings they observed during the period of their study would likely be higher now that the public has gotten more comfortable with virtual health visits." - Hannah Murphy, HealthExec.

Let's embrace this transformative trend and look forward to a future where healthcare is more accessible, patient-centric, and innovative.

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