But wait, not so fast.
If technology has its way (and it will), in the coming years the old illness excuse may become the worst trick in the book because a doctor’s visit may be just around the corner. With the advancement of telemedicine, soon the doctor’s office may be right down the hall where you will be able to see a doctor and have an immediate consult without ever leaving work.
According to a recent Healthcare Dive article – Employers’ use of telemedicine expected to increase dramatically, nearly half of businesses intend to incorporate telehealth services in 2015 and some even intend to offer incentives to those who utilize them. The article outlines the goals of such programs as avoiding primary care visits and costly emergency room bills.
What is even more interesting is that this trend is showing strong continued growth as the survey suggested that the number of companies that will incorporate telemedicine by 2017 would grow another 34%.
Another interesting consideration is whether this will lead to increased productivity as companies could start to better monitor and manage sick days and employee time away due to illness.
At Avidex AV, we work closely with our healthcare partners to deliver the very best audio, video and telemedicine solutions to meet the growing needs of their employees and patients. Connect with us to find out how we can help your organization.
About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org