Picking the Right Telehealth Service for your Employees

It’s no secret that compensation and benefits packages are two major components job seekers take into consideration when making decisions about their careers. In today’s world, providing your workforce with an attractive benefits package can be crucial in driving top talent to your organization as well as retaining existing employees.

While there are many combinations of benefits packages available today, healthcare is generally a standard component, and can be offered to employees as a tax-deductible cost of the business. But as companies are getting more creative with what they offer their employees – wellness programs, gym membership reimbursements, etc. – a new component is coming into consideration: telemedicine. In fact, a recent survey by the National Business Group on Health shows that 90% of large employers will make telehealth a benefit in 2017.

Of course there are several factors to consider when selecting a telemedicine service for your employees. We recommend looking for the following:

Simple, easy-to-use interface
Transitioning from an in-person visit to a virtual visit with a doctor can be intimidating for anyone. Make sure you select a telemedicine service that offers a simple, user-friendly platform that your employees can navigate easily. Akos delivers an innovative, all-in-one, HIPAA-compliant platform that makes it easy for employees to enter their symptoms, update their medical history, keep a record of their visits as well as rate and review each doctor after their consults.

Convenience and ease of connecting with a physician
Gone are the days of your employees missing work for doctor appointments or because they are sick and waiting for said appointments to be treated. At Akos, patients can access quality healthcare 24/7, 365 days a year, within just minutes via their smartphone or tablet. Our unique platform connects patients with care coordinators who can assess patient symptoms and pair them with the physician that best serves their needs. This is a stark contrast to other telemedicine services that ask patients to wait while they find an available physician.

Board-certified physician located in the area of your employee
When battling seasonal allergies in Arizona, it doesn’t make sense for a patient to speak with an allergist in New Jersey as allergies vary greatly from state to state. Consider choosing a telemedicine service, such as Akos, that allows your employees to virtually consult with local, board-certified physicians who have a specialized knowledge of illnesses and ailments in that area or region.

Affordability to the employee and the employer
Employee healthcare costs are expected to rise by six percent in 2017, which means employees are going to be more inclined to shop around for the best price for their healthcare services. That’s why it’s important to select a telemedicine service that offers low-cost visits for your employees and their families. With reduced membership fees and significantly reduced per use fees, Akos can offer affordable pricing models for employers.

Want to learn more about how telemedicine can benefit your employees? Visit akosmd.com/employers to learn more, or speak to an Akos representative today at 1-844-900-AKOS.

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