Hospital Network Embraces Telemedicine

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Hospital Network Embraces Telemedicine
Calendar11 December 2015

Telemedicine services offerings continue to rise as not only employers, but also hospital systems step up to meet the demand for convenient and cost-effective care. Mercer’s latest National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans saw a significant increase in telemedicine offerings among large employers, from 18% in 2014 to 30% in 2015. Spectrum Health, a hospital system in west Michigan, now offers their own telemedicine solution, MedNow, which replaces MDLive, one of the more prevalent telehealth providers in the industry. They cited the need for a more “comprehensive offering” and the need for physicians to “have access to patients’ electronic medical records” as the key reasons for bringing this service in-house. Inside the article, Mick Young from Mercer’s Grand Rapids office comments on the growth of telemedicine as an employer offering, particularly as a strategy to impact rising medical claim costs.

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