When health care providers hear “telemedicine,” it may bring to mind fears of liability and depersonalization of the doctor-patient relationship. However, not only is telemedicine a cost-effective, after-hours alternative to the emergency room (ER), it may actually make health care providers’ lives easier and patients healthier.
Telemedicine is not meant to replace the care given by the patient’s primary care physician (PCP), but rather to supplement and coordinate care.
With these and other safeguards in place, PCPs and telemedicine providers can work together to decrease episodes of worsening patient health, hospitalizations and ER visits. To learn more about Humana’s telemedicine initiatives, refer to our clinical resources page and click on “Telemedicine.”