At the 2015 Workers’Compensation Educational Conference in
Orlando, a panel discussed telemedicine and its potential application in the workers’ compensation space.
The panel consisted of: Bill Lewis, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Concentra Medical Centers, Steve Shaya, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Health Net Connect, Sri Mummaneni, M.D., Chief Health Officer, Opus Telehealth
Telemedicine is being utilized more and more in healthcare models throughout the United States:
- 59% of large employers are expected to offer telemedicine in 2015
- Many national health plans offer telemedicine to employers
- The VA and Department of Defense have adopted telemedicine.
- 43 Medicaid programs currently reimburse some forms of telemedicine services
In spite of this, workers’ compensation has been a slow adopter of telemedicine.
Are we addressing patient needs?
- 37% of rural patients do not have easy access to medical care, which is something telemedicine helps to resolve.
- Telemedicine would also allow a primary physician to immediately consult with an specialist during the appointment. This would significantly speed up treatment delivery to the patient.
- Consumers are gaining awareness with telehealth and mHealth options and have interest in using them for individual health and as a means for their health providers to have up-to-the-minute updates on their health status.
- Chronic disease management is increasingly reliant on telehealth tools to engage the patient and provider.
How can we enhance relationship with key stakeholders?