The top 9 reasons we visit the emergency room are: Allergies, Bronchitis, Earache, Sore Throat, Pink Eye, Sinusitis, Strep Throat, Upper Respiratory Infections, Urinary Tract Infections.
Formally defined, telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology. – American Telemedicine Association
With a blend of technology and engagement telemedicine is allowing progressive employers, third party administrators and health plans to reduce costs, redirect claims and improve care while delivering innovation that consumers demand. Just like Uber did for transportation or OpenTable did for dining, these services are placing members in control of their healthcare consumption, giving them ubiquity, transparency and immediacy never before seen in a single platform.