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TelaCare Announces National Partnership with StickyJ Medical ID

FISHERS, Ind., Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- StickyJ Medical ID (affectionately known by many as StickyJ) was founded in 2000 by Lori Torman with the goal of selling personalized photo pins that could hold a sticky-back photo. StickyJ mixes fashion and style with function and purpose as one of the foremost e-retailers of contemporary medical emergency bracelets, awareness jewelry and licensed designs for men, women, boys and girls. StickJ is committed to helping people protect themselves without...

TelaCare Adds Life-Saving Medical ID System for Patients

FISHERS, Ind., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TelaCare, a national telemedicine technology and services company, announced today that it has added a life-saving medical ID system in addition to its telehealth and counseling services on TelaCare, one of the fastest growing telemedicine companies. TelaCare's new ViewMyID medical ID system is the easiest way to access, store, and manage patient's health information for easy access in an emergency. Patients profiles can be accessed anytime, anywhere via...

5 Hurdles New Telemedicine Benefits Face

Is it possible to lower costs while maintaining a competitive benefits package? With healthcare and benefits costs skyrocketing, this is the challenge facing companies today. New wellness benefits bring promise, but how can companies be sure that they’ll deliver?


Employers can’t afford to waste money. HR teams need to scrutinize every dollar spent on employee benefits, including new wellness programs. A wellness benefit that no one is using is just money down the drain.


That’s why utilization is a...

TelaCare Adds Medical Specialty Services to Provide Greater Access and More Health Care Options to Patients

FISHERS, Ind., Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TelaCare, one of the fastest growing telemedicine companies, announced today that it has added unlimited access to board certified Pharmacists, Dentists, Optometrists, Dietitians, Sports Medicine and Alternative Medicine professionals. These specialties will provide unlimited no additional cost consultations in addition to its telehealth services on TelaCare, one of the fastest growing telemedicine companies. Patients can now easily get their medical questions...

Telemedicine From Insurance Companies Is Not "FREE"​

Regarding Telemedicine and its benefits, phrases like “it’s included”, “no additional cost” or “free” may seem harmless, but should actually be major warning signs when coming from insurance carriers. These “free” benefits can end up costing your clients and their employees far more in the grand scheme of things - roughly $500,000 yearly for a 2,000-employee company. Let’s look at what your clients are getting from “free” benefits and the four reasons to avoid Telemedicine included in...

TelaCare is the First Telemedicine Company to Add a No Additional Cost Nationwide Behavioral Health Platform

FISHERS, Ind., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- TelaCare, a national telehealth technology and services company, announced today that it has added behavioral health services in addition to its telehealth services on TelaCare, one of the fastest growing telemedicine companies according to Telemedicine Magazine. Patients can now speak to U.S. board-certified counselors on the TelaCare app via scheduled appointments. They're finding doctors who can treat them at any time and any place, in the comfort of...

How Telemedicine Reduces Stress For Employees

Stress is costing US companies $300 billion every year due to increased healthcare costs and missed work days, according to Business Insider. Not to mention the impact of lower productivity, retention rates, and company morale. The costs of workplace stress has placed stress reduction as a top HR concern at many companies. In fact, 75% of US employers identified stress as their number one health and productivity concern according to a 2016 survey by Willis Towers Watson.


Working parents are...

3 Reasons To Pick Telemedicine Over On-Site Clinics

Many employers are considering on-site clinics in an effort to provide employees with convenient medical care. These clinics can be convenient and affordable for employees’ minor medical concerns. But while on-site clinics can save employees time and money, they have some limitations that telemedicine doesn’t:


1. On-site clinics are limited to business hours


Getting sick isn’t limited to 9-5, so neither should your access to medical care. Unfortunately, on-site clinics are usually only open during...

How Much Time Do You Spend At The Doctor?

When it comes to a doctor’s visit, we all fool ourselves on the amount of time it takes. I’ll definitely be back for my 1 PM meeting or I can fit in an 8 AM appointment and not have to use any sick time. It almost never works that way. Traffic, waiting room lines, paperwork, and everything else all take time. You usually end up leaving hours later, wondering where the day went. So how long does getting medical care really take? Let’s take a look at how much time we spend at our current health care options...

Telemedicine: You Get What You Pay For today

Are all telemedicine benefits the same? Why are some providers’ PEPM fees so much smaller? While it may seem like these companies are offering a comparable benefit at a much lower price, don’t be fooled by the tiny price tag. Unfortunately, these companies aren’t telling you the true value of their solution. To ensure you make the best decision for your company, you need to know what the telemedicine providers aren’t telling you in their sales pitch. Here are 4 things to watch out for when evaluating a...

Telemedicine Math Breakdown

It's not rocket science that telemedicine can save your company money. But what would it look like if we took a deeper look at how those savings come together? We've created a simple info graphic to help you see how your telemedicine benefit lowers your bottom line. So even if you're new to the concept, you can see why so many are choosing to offer this service for their workforce's!



The Prescription 

Choosing to provide telemedicine for your employees is a no-brainer after you've seen the numbers. Reduce the...

Is Your Employee Benefits Package Enough?

Health care costs are rising, and it seems like almost everyone is worried about it. It’s putting many employers in a tough situation, where they need to balance their bottom line and their employees’ well being. To attempt to control the rising cost of care for employers, they often try to shift more cost and responsibility to the employee. So how can companies continue to provide meaningful benefits to their employees?


The Healthcare Burden


As employers shift costs, employees are struggling to pay...

Bringing Technology To Healthcare Delivery

TelaCare (www.TelaCare.com) is among one of the fastest growing telemedicine companies in the nation. Specializing in telephone and video medical consultations, providing access to affordable, convenient care from board certified doctors and pediatricians anywhere in the United States. TelaCare’s service allows members to quickly receive non-emergency care without having to wait to see a primary physician, urgent care clinic, or emergency room.


TelaCare is focusing on technology and user experience to...

How Can Employers Deal With The High Deductible Health Plan Costs

The priority of the majority of employers and their healthcare benefit administrators is preventing rising costs in healthcare. While medical, dental, and vision policies are included in benefits packages for every employee, the escalating costs within the industry might sway you to check out alternative programs and their quality benefits to offset a heavy financial hit. 


One option is a health plan with a high deductible. Employers are more commonly offering high-deductible health plans for their...

How Much Are Unnecessary Urgent Care Visits Costing You?

We’ve all been there: sitting in the waiting room at an urgent care clinic, waiting and waiting for a doctor to prescribe you an antibiotic for what you already know you (or your child) have. Now imagine if instead of taking off work or using PTO to sit in a waiting room, you could simply call a doctor and have a prescription in hand in less than fifteen minutes.


Urgent care centers are great facilities for many medical problems. Fractures, concussions, and the need for stitches are all examples of...

Keeping Employees Happy Without Breaking The Bank

Remember what employee benefits meant 10 years ago? Most likely a healthcare program, a sweet 401k, and a parking spot - maybe a name plate if you were really lucky - and that was pretty much it. Then millennials entered the job market and everything shifted. Now, in 2016, the way businesses treat their employees has drastically changed. Google pays 20% time for work on outside projects, Evernote offers its staff house cleaning twice a month, and LinkedIn even has a stage for aspiring musicians. 


Sure, it...

3 Reasons To Implement Telemedicine Off-Cycle

Every year during annual enrollment, you eat, drink, and breathe health care benefits. Then once annual enrollment is done, you probably stop thinking entirely about benefit implementations. But this would be a mistake. Sometimes ancillary benefits actually can and should be implemented off-cycle. Telemedicine is a great example. It’s an easy, money-saving program that can actually be beneficial to implement outside of the regular plan renewal period. Here are three reasons you should consider...

Top 3 Concerns Stressing Out HR This Year

Open enrollment is a stressful time of year for HR professionals. Rising healthcare costs, changing regulations, and uncertainty around the future of the ACA all make benefits increasingly complex. HR teams are tasked with simultaneously trying to cut costs and providing valuable benefits for employees. This is an almost impossible challenge. While the list of benefits concerns is long, cost containment, engagement, and specialty pharmacy are three of the top issues that HR professionals are stressing...

What! Pink Eye, Lice, And Strep. Now What?

From passing stomach bugs to letting their little noses run wild, kids might as well be walking, talking germ bombs, racking up those school sick days like they're collecting Pokémon. Even worse, some 39% of mothers end up also taking sick days in order to care for their wee ones. If you feel like you're taking your kid to the doctor's office as much as you are soccer games or gymnastics practice, perhaps it's time to focus on fighting the illnesses that can keep our children from sitting at their desks...

Make Telemedicine Providers Accountable For Results

How did your last telemedicine implementation go? What kind of results did or are you getting? Do you even really know what results you are getting? With most providers, you were probably given access to an online repository of fliers and brochures to use. All the human resources department had to do was pick something, download it, and send it to employees. Seems easy, right? But when you got the reports back on usage, you may have noticed the results weren’t great.


A Few Canned Emails Isn’t Enough


For...

An Telemedicine Engagement Plan For Success

TelaCare has the leading utilization rate in the telemedicine industry. How do we do it? By creating and implementing a highly effective, customized engagement program for you and your employees to increase awareness and engagement. That means our clients save more, with less work for their human resources departments. In fact, we’re so certain of our solution and implementation that we even offer a savings guarantee. For our self-funded clients, we guarantee that the money saved from diverted health...

Telemedicine Companies Are Not Telling You Everything

As you sort through various vendors in of search of employee benefits, it's important to be aware of their sales pitch. For you, asking detailed questions, double-checking on references, and evaluating the numbers should all be a part of the process. Since many vendors offer similar benefits to one another, their biggest competition factor relies on the price. So, how can you tell if that one company offering a surprisingly low price is really too good to be true?


This is exactly what telemedicine companies...

Your Carriers Telemedicine Could Cost You over $500K

You wouldn't buy electronics from the dollar store, right? Of course not, because you know the old saying is always true - you get what you pay for. Not only does cheaper often translate to poorer quality, but it only ends up costing you more money in the long run from having to replace that terrible product that doesn't last as long or as well as the more expensive alternative.

The same logic applies to telemedicine. What's often said by employers to their consultants is that there are benefits included in...

Is Telemedicine Living Up To The promise?

It’s probably not news to you that telemedicine is starting to revolutionize healthcare. Many of your clients may have implemented plans, and you’ve likely seen the presentations by big medical insurers. But you may have also seen that many of these plans aren’t delivering on their promises. 


But telemedicine is still changing. Face-to-face interactions have decreased in almost all industries, and medicine is certainly next. Better cellular networks and wifi hotspots and the increase in smartphones...

With Telemedicine Sick Days Are Minimized

It's that time of year every employer dreads - flu season! It's an inevitable fact that folks around the office will get sick and have to take time off of work, losing valuable productivity time for the company. But just how big of an issue are employee sick days and what is the overall impact it can have on an employer?


THE NUMBERS


In 2015, workers in the United States took off an average of 4.9 sick days. That doesn't seem like too big of a problem until you consider that number applied to, say, a company...

Convenient Care: Telemedicine-vs-Onsite Clinics

Making healthcare affordable and convenient is a priority for many employers. And when looking for new and different offerings, onsite clinics and telemedicine programs may be top of mind. While both programs have their benefits, employers should consider their goals, priorities, and limitations before choosing one of these solutions over another. 


Ease and Availability


Onsite clinics: Onsite clinics allow employees to easily and quickly visit a physician during the workday, with minimal time away from...

Happy New Benefits Time Again

2016 is almost officially upon us, and a new year means a fresh start. For most people, it's all about setting resolutions and goals to kick-start some positive changes. Meanwhile, many folks were overcome with a different emotion once the clock struck midnight - one of worry. 


Just as sure as New Years is welcomed with the festive sounds of cheers and Auld Lang Syne, health plan deductibles also reset. For all of your employees who elected HDHP’s late last year, now is the time for them to open up those...

Telemedicine can be Implemented Year-Round

Benefit renewal time is extremely busy - just talk to any overworked HR employee or benefits consultant! With contract renewals, benefits planning, and open enrollments, telemedicine can sometimes get ignored or forgotten. While it may not seem as important as the other pieces of a medical plan, an effective telemedicine program is a low-cost, high-ROI benefit that is truly appreciated by employees.


Luckily, telemedicine can actually be implemented year-round. So even if you missed it during this year's...

Utilization Rate: The Magic Number of Telemedicine

Is telemedicine just a box that you check as you go over your client’s medical plans? Do you even know the benefit your clients’ telemedicine plan is providing, and, more importantly, do your clients know it’s value? Measuring the benefit of telemedicine can seem difficult, but it really all comes down to one number: the utilization rate.  


Utilization rate is an indicator of dollars saved and employee satisfaction. It’s an easy to understand, easy to communicate, easy to remember number. In short,...

Removing Barriers From Telemedicine Programs

Seeing a doctor when you are sick can be a hassle. First, you have to figure out where to go. Then you have to get there, register, wait, pay, hopefully see a doctor in under an hour or two, and then finally get home via the pharmacy, which hopefully has a drive-thru option. Now imagine a world where you don’t have to leave your house to access a doctor, you don’t have to wait and you don’t even have to pay a co-pay.


Believe it or not, this world actually exists in the U.S. today. TelaCare allows...

How to Best Deliver Cost Effective, Convenient Care at Work

Companies have lots of choices these days when it comes to reducing healthcare costs. Onsite clinics, and onsite kiosks, offer on-demand and immediate care to employees at work. Several large employers, including the Palm Beach County School District, Jet Blue Airways and the municipality of Kansas City, Mo., have installed telemedicine kiosks at their work sites to spare employees a trip to the doctor’s office--saving themselves--and their employers, money in the process.


While telemedicine...

Does Telemedicine From Your Insurance Carrier Work?

Telemedicine benefits aren’t just a passing employee benefits trend. More than 80% of large employers surveyed by Towers Watson say they will offer a telemedicine benefit by 2018. As a result, carriers are offering telemedicine in their major medical plans. Your clients might have the opportunity to choose their carrier’s telemedicine benefit–but before you promote this option for its convenience, it’s essential to remember that carrier-provided telemedicine and employer-provided options are...

Are All Telemedicine Companies The Same?

I sit here and I wonder why more are not using telemedicine? There is nothing on the market like it! Wellness programs, onsite clinics, whatever else on top of a health plan you have is fine but they typically do not provide 24/7/365 access to a national network of U.S. board-certified doctors.


Telemedicine is a simple tool, very little paperwork, next to no admin work, and it lowers the number of claims, it is a non-insurance product and I hope it stays that way. So if there is a product that can lower...

Behavioral Health: The Next Innovation for Telemedicine

Years of data have demonstrated the benefits of telemedicine. It reduces costs, improves access to services, and eliminates the lost productivity that results from traveling to and from health care appointments. The data has swayed corporations, insurance companies, and even government agencies to contract with telemedicine services. Recently, thanks to insight on the part of government health payers and insurance companies, it has become possible for telemedicine companies to offer mental health...

What Is a Telemedicine Kiosk and Why Is It the Future of Health Care?

If you you've been laboring under the impression that telemedicine is something that primarily applies to radiologists and a few surgeons who operate robots, then you probably haven't talked to Micheal Sharp, the communications director at TelaCare. If you do, he'll tell you all about the telemedicine kiosks that TelaCare manufactures. From wall-mounted stations in private rooms to soundproof structures with enough medical equipment inside to make a doctor on the Starship Enterprise jealous, kiosks are...

Why Are Telemedicine Companies Providing Low ROI?

Companies are selling telemedicine to businesses as a commodity. It’s all about who can sell it to you at the lowest price. Has anyone ever thought about how many employees actually setup their account or even use it? I wonder if the $2-$3 price point is a good deal? Companies are finding that it is NOT the great deal they once thought it was. If you look at the ROI you will find that most of the employees never setup the account and even fewer use it…why? The answer is... you bought into a...

Telemedicine Benefits Solution Outcome

Savvy, successful telemedicine programs are always marketing from selling the proven benefits of telemedicine to gain initial support, to later touting the experienced, measurable impact of telemedicine to drive continued usage and expansion. Before a telemedicine program gets started, understand the concerns of the parties whose support is ultimately needed for the program to fly. Understand their concerns and objectives and deliver a message and solution that incents them to support telemedicine in their...

What do employers want from telemedicine?

Industry experts estimate that by 2018, 80 percent of employers will be offering a telemedicine benefit to their employees. To uncover what’s behind this growth, and to gain an understanding of employer involvement with and perceptions of telemedicine, American Well, creator of the Amwell telemedicine app, conducted a broad survey. They invited companies of all sizes, from small organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees to large companies with over 20,000 employees. They heard from companies across...

What Does Low Employee Participation in Telemedicine & Benefits Cost Employers?

You worked hard with your clients to develop strategic benefits plans that took into consideration both their needs and their company culture. This wasn’t a simple process with the current state of healthcare and its rising costs. Insurance costs are up nearly 70% in the last 10 years, and it’s no easy task to be a broker these days. You want to see the fruits of your labor by seeing the employees use the benefits to not only make their lives better, but drive savings for your clients. Without high...

Health Care Is Rapidly Changing Faster Than We Can Keep Up

One of the biggest changes consumers will deal with in the future are those brought about by the Affordable Care Act. With its enactment, as many as 30 million people will become eligible for health insurance. As a result, wait times to see a doctor will grow along with the higher patient volume. This works in favor of practicing physicians but sets up a barrier to health care for employees that need it.


The type of health care plans employers is choosing for employees is also changing. More employers are opting...

Social Media Matters When Marketing Telemedicine

For better or worse, social media is a major channel through which clients and potential clients learn about a company. In telemedicine, it is tempting to think that customers and prospective clients don't want to connect on social media, the reality is that many do. Ignoring social media simply is not an option for any business. Smart use of social media, however, can produce new client connections, strengthen existing relationships, and improve utilization rates. All of that translates into increased...

What Makes Telemedicine Work?

Telemedicine is a great way to save money and provide employees with a convenient way to manage their health. It is also a term that strikes fear into the hearts of human resources directors. Like any benefit, telemedicine only saves employers money if employees utilize it. Believe it or not, the industry-wide average utilization rate is just under 5% and there are some companies with utilization rates as low as 1%. This fact terrifies finance executives, who know that a low utilization rates means that...

A Unique Message Is Needed To Stand Out In Telemedicine

Marketing follows the same rules regardless of the industry. Whether a company is selling widgets at rock-bottom prices or offering a unique service like telemedicine companies do, the rules are always the same. Unfortunately, a quick walk through any conference, like the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, reveals a problem in the telemedicine industry - a glut of "me-too" marketing.


Sure, the technology on display is amazing and some of the products will be top of...

Overpaying for Telemedicine: A Common Conundrum

Telemedicine services are designed to reduce medical costs, but some employers don't see the benefit because they are paying more than $500 for every employee visit. That price is well above what even traditional medical care costs. Why does this happen? More importantly, how does it impact a company's bottom line and how can we change it?


If employees aren't utilizing the service, it will simply be overhead with no return. Surprisingly, not all telemedicine services have low utilization rates. In fact,...

The Truth About Telemedicine

There has been much written lately about telemedicine, and thanks to the efficient and progressive nature of the technology, the majority of that literature has been positive. However, many still wonder what it all means. Yes, telemedicine can improve inefficiencies, reduce re-hospitalizations, and save money for the healthcare system, but is it actually helping patients? The short answer is yes, especially those patients with chronic conditions who require regular monitoring, consultation and education.

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Bad ROI And Marketing Is The Cause

Companies are selling telemedicine to businesses as a commodity. It’s all about who can sell it to you at the lowest price. Has anyone ever thought about how many employees actually setup their account or even use it? I wonder if the $3 price point is a good deal? Companies are finding that it is NOT the great deal they once thought it was. If you look at the ROI you will find that most of the employees never setup the account and even fewer use it…why? The answer is... you bought into...

Telemedicine And Its Position In The Urgent Care Industry

The family care/urgent care industry is a diverse playing field where innovative leaders have built successful models to address the demand for convenient, cost-effective and patient care. This overview focuses on the telemedicine industry—a service model gaining great interest in this time of change and innovation.


What is telemedicine?


Telemedicine, which uses technology and mobile devices to connect patients for real time consultations, is adding a new dimension to healthcare. It offers an alternative,...

Where Is Healthcare Heading?

We are seeing more employers turning to telemedicine than ever before. There are many reasons.

  • There is a national shortage of physicians
  • There are more people getting insured, exacerbating the shortage even more
  • Employers are shifting more cost to their employees through HDHP plans. Telemedicine provides a lower cost alternative for common primary care services.
  • Companies are focused on "managing risk" and using telemedicine as a great alternative to expensive urgent care and ...

Embracing the Telemedicine Trend Is a Good Idea

We tend to take the Internet for granted. The changes that it has brought about in society have made us all wonder how we ever lived without the constant connection, access to information, and speed of service that the Internet provides. Thanks to the Internet, our lives are more convenient and richer than ever. Telemedicine services are now bringing the convenience (and cost savings) of the Internet to the health care industry.


Interacting with the medical establishment takes both time and money, two...

Companies Are Selling Telemedicine To Businesses As A Commodity

Companies are selling Telemedicine to businesses as a commodity. It’s all about who can sell it to you at the lowest price. Has anyone ever thought about how many employees actually setup their account or even use it? I wonder if the $3 price point is a good deal? Companies are finding that it is NOT the great deal they once thought it was. If you look at the ROI you will find that most of the employees never setup the account and even fewer use it…why? The answer is... you bought into...

Telemedicine Kiosks Bring Doctors And Patients Together For Healthy Outcomes

In America, efforts to maintain a healthy society are being challenged by population growth, rising healthcare costs, a lack of access to medical facilities and a serious shortage of physicians that is expected to exceed 100,000 in the coming years. TelaCare is tackling these daunting problems by providing a breakthrough solution that unites healthcare providers and patients in a remarkable new way. With help from INTERSTAR Media, LLC and Vidyo, we've created a new turnkey Telemedicine system that provides a...

Why Employers Should Make Telemedicine Part Of Their Companies Cost-Containment Strategy

Telemedicine is a growing force in the health care industry, driven by consumer demand for fast and affordable health care. Consumers and employers alike are searching for cost-effective health care solutions that are easy to access. Telemedicine fills this void in the health care marketplace. Telemedicine technology is nothing new. It’s been around for over forty years. Hospitals and home health care services were among the first to adopt it. Telemedicine makes it possible to connect health care...

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