Even before the pandemic, virtual care and telemedicine were great ways to see a doctor without having to leave the comfort of home. Now, these virtual visits provide peace of mind to patients who may be at greater risk of COVID-19 complications. They also make it easier for remote workers to fit a doctors’ appointment into their busy schedules. If you’re considering virtual care or have a telemedicine appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) coming up soon—or want to educate and encourage it at your workplace or with clients—we’re sharing 7 tips to help you prepare.
Telemedicine and virtual health now play an important role in the way we're able to access and receive care. To understand the benefits of virtual care and what changes to this technology and approach we might expect to see in the future, we spoke with Jeff Phillips, MD, from Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Telemedicine, telehealth, e-visits, and virtual care are all ways to describe receiving care virtually without going to a provider’s office. And with the onslaught of COVID-19, it’s likely you’ll be offered one of these options if you need to see a doctor. Logging in or dialing into a virtual health visit, however, can be a new experience for many and may initially feel uncomfortable. These guidelines and tips can help you prepare for and enjoy a productive virtual health care experience.
With today’s low unemployment rate and the resulting competition for talent, many employers are looking to their health benefits to retain employees and grow their teams. While 20% of employers increased their health care benefits from 2018 to 2019, there's a less costly way to maximize this benefit: by taking full advantage of the resources your health plan already offers. Here are 5 tips to help employers and their employees make full use of their current health plan.