An employee gets injured. Is the injury serious enough to justify a trip to the ER? If you don’t take the employee to the ER and there are complications you didn’t foresee, are you opening yourself up to a multi-million dollar law-suit?
Unless your company is large enough to justify the cost of a full-time nurse on staff, these are questions that you need to address. Telemedicine is technology that seeks to solve these issues. It isn’t necessary new but it is starting to catch on more and more.
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.” (source: http://www.americantelemed.org)
Telemedicine makes sense. Modern technology, including the inclusion of webcams on most computers and tablets nowadays means that remote diagnostics isn’t prone to the same errors it was when it relied on an untrained eye to relay that information back the doctor. The early days saw telemedicine being a stop gap for field operatives who used radios to speak to a doctor and take appropriate action. Now with video, doctors half a world away are able to see the patient and the injury in order to determine whether he or she needs to be taken to the ER.
In today’s work world, telemedicine makes great sense. You aren’t a doctor and you can’t always know how serious an injury is. Setting up a telemedicine account one way to protect yourself as well as your employees.
Learn more about it and get set up at http://www.americantelemed.org
Note: I do not work for American Telemed, nor am I getting paid for mentioning them. This is simply a post about a system that makes sense. There are other companies out there who offer similar services.