Telemedicine company VideoDoc has launched its GP video consultation platform across the UK in an attempt to help businesses reduce the levels of absent employees.
The company has been operating across Ireland since 2014 and provides its telemedicine consultation service to over 50% of the country’s GP services. Research commissioned by the team at VideoDoc shows that 52% of people had delayed seeking medical advice as they were worried about taking time off work – this rose to 70% amongst those working in London.
The VideoDoc service allows people to consult with a GP face-to-face via the company’s online platform without having to leave their workplace or take time off to travel to their local surgery.
Co-founder of VideoDoc, Mary O’Brien, said: “Telemedicine brings the doctor’s house call into the 21st century, offering timely, safe and effective online healthcare services. And, there are huge advantages for people who work within conventional office hours in a location that’s often some distance from home. The smart-solution means people will no longer have to take time off for GP appointments or waste hours on the end of ‘phone waiting for slots to become available.
“We know that at least 70% of all health-related issues which a GP might treat during an in-surgery visit can be treated via telemedicine consultations. So why, when the NHS is already over-burdened and access to GPs and primary care services are at an all-time low, is there such an inflexible approach to how and where we “see” our doctors – as well as a continuing culture of clogging up waiting rooms?”
“Millennials are the mobile, subscription and on-demand generation – taxis, TV and now healthcare! They’re simply not used to having to wait for services and not prepared to disrupt their working day for an appointment that could legitimately be accessed from their workstation. VideoDoc is healthcare, anytime, anywhere.”
The UK telemedicine market remains in its infancy but this is expected to change in the next three years. Professional services network PwC has stated that the global market for connected healthcare will reach £37bn by 2020 with the UK to take £2bn of this share.
‘Sick days’ currently cost the UK economy £100 billion a year according to the CIPD’s 2016 absence management report. This totals to a total 130 million days lost to absent employees every year.
Mary O’Brien continued: “For employers, investing in the health and wellbeing of their staff will also go a long way in promoting a happier, more engaged and productive workforce – something that should be high on the wish list of every CEO.”