Beyond today’s coronavirus pandemic and fears about it spreading throughout workplaces and other locations, telemedicine is proving to be an increasingly prudent health care option. But it isn’t a new trend.

A recent Society for Human Resource Management employee benefits survey revealed that telemedicine benefits jumped from 23% in 2016 to 72% percent in 2019. Telemedicine takes many forms, such as online doctor consultations and live audio chats that are accessible on mobile devices, tablets or personal computers. The goal is to diagnose and treat minor injuries/acute illnesses while cutting costs (for employees and employers).

A story in the current issue of BizVoice® explores how a handful of Hoosier businesses are using the strategy.

Margaret Mary Health (MMH) in Batesville has implemented a variety of programs. “It’s (telemedicine) a tool working with a primary care physician – someone watching over your health to keep people healthy or to get on top of chronic diseases more quickly,” comments CEO Dr. Tim Putnam. “That’s where we’ll win.”

Kailin Bauman, wellness director at Logansport-based Steinberger Construction, raves about a free Teladoc app available to workers and their families. “You can say whether you want a video chat or just a voice call. That part’s very cool. If you’re having a rash that you need somebody’s eyeballs on, for example, you can video chat and they’ll help you out with that.”

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Symone Skrzycki is the senior communications manager for the Indiana Chamber. She is also a senior writer for the Chamber’s award-winning BizVoice magazine and has been with the organization for 19 years.