Telemedicine Could Save Healthcare System $6 Billion a Year

Posted On : October 2, 2014,   Time : 8:40 am

A new study by the national consulting firm Towers Watson concludes that more employers are seeking telemedicine options for their workers in a belief that it will be more time efficient and save money.

According to Bloomberg BNA, the use of telemedicine by companies could save the U.S. healthcare industry $6 billion a year.

“This strikes me as the kind of thing that in the long run will be beneficial to both employees and employers itelemedicinef it saves time and money,” Kirk J. Nahra, an employee benefits attorney with the Wiley Rein law firm in Washington, D.C.

Some large employers that use telemedicine services, such as publisher Houghton Mifflin, noticed a difference immediately. In the case of the publishing giant, the service has given back about a half-day of productivity on average for each employee.

Employees “can get pretty routine stuff knocked out with a phone call, an e-mail or with video-conferencing from their office, a conference room or their own mobile phones,” Carl Cudworth, Houghton’s director of benefits, told Bloomberg BNA.

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Read the Bloomberg BNA article here.

Read the Towers Watson press release on the study here.

 

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