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Telemedicine on phone Previously overlooked by some employees, local physicians using telehealth and national providers are seeing a significant surge in appointments. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The ongoing COVID-19 emergency continues to change the way Americans live and work, while altering how people navigate the health system. Given more than half of Americans have health care benefits through their place of work, employers are uniquely positioned to help employees maintain or improve their well-being during these difficult times.

Enter telehealth, an increasingly popular option for medical advice amid the COVID-19 situation. Previously overlooked by some employees, local physicians using telehealth and national providers are seeing a significant surge in appointments as more people use digital devices to access care and medical advice virtually, including with behavioral health specialists and physical, occupational and speech therapists. The motivation: Improving access to more affordable, convenient care, while reducing potential exposure risks to COVID-19 associated with in-person trips to health care facilities.

 

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