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How Telehealth Supports Specialties: Occupational Medicine

Adults spend the majority of their day at the workplace, so it is no surprise that there is a specialty field of medicine dedicated solely to the workplace. Occupational medicine is a vast field of practice that spans the management, prevention, and diagnosis of not just illnesses or injuries that are caused by factors in the workplace but also the relationship between a person’s work and overall health.

The development of better telehealth technologies is a benefit to all parties involved in occupational medicine. Businesses that invest in a good telehealth solution can be a godsend to employees, particularly in areas of work where risk of injury is high or affects the ability to perform. For the employee, imagine the ability to directly connect to a doctor in real-time from wherever they are. These real-time calls don’t only help to provide treatment but allows the employee to have the record of incident to assist in applying for worker’s compensation. Because of the digital nature of telehealth, employees can be connected to healthcare providers 24/7 whether they are working onsite, offsite, or on the road.

Employers can use telehealth to take preventative measures easily as well when it comes to illnesses and overall health of their employees. Telehealth can be used to create employee wellness programs to better take care of the people in their organizations. It is an efficient way to provide healthcare education and guidelines easily, which we have seen to prove particularly effective during the recent COVID pandemic restrictions. These functionalities also provide a boon to employees’ mental health because they know that they can get the help they need, when they need it.

Of course, there may be cases where employees will need in-patient visits but organizations are pivoting towards telehealth services because, most importantly, they are cost effective. Telemedicine has also proven to be effective in reducing time away from work for employees by providing real-time access and also by improving treatment outcomes so they can return to work quicker. According to Willis Towers Watson at least 78% of US employers are offering telemedicine alternatives to their employees in some form and choosing the right one can help their organizations and employees.

Global Telehealth Exchange (GTHE) is a state-of-the-art telehealth solution that encompasses many aspects of the healthcare journey that healthcare providers can be proud to recommend. It is HIPAA-compliant, secure, and provides worldwide access to healthcare. With access to healthcare professionals globally, and the ability to securely share information, patients using GTHE will have no problems in getting the help they need from anywhere in the world. Meanwhile, healthcare providers have greater access to other specialties for referrals if the need arises. And, as many specialties require better or quicker communication channels, having easy access to full medical records, which in full control of the patient, can help healthcare providers to diagnose and advise treatment options more efficiently. General practitioners and specialists using GTHE can easily make referrals or share documentation when needed.

GTHE offers many benefits to healthcare providers including:

With GTHE, healthcare providers can connect with their patients seamlessly and provide a better remote standard of care. If you want to expand your medical practice without investing in expensive software, visit the GTHE website and sign up now.

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