3. Use Telemedicine
Telemedicine manages patients’ health by remotely exchanging medical information from one site to another via electronic communications. Telemedicine includes the use of video, email, smartphones, wireless electronics and other forms of telecommunications technology. Doctors, health professionals and patients can download health and wellness apps to use on their smartphones, for example.
Currently, there are approximately 200 telemedicine networks with 3,500 service sites, according to the American Telemedicine Association. And telemedicine is growing in the U.S., with over 50 percent of hospitals using it in some form.
Not only can telemedicine save you money, it can save you time, too. ”Using telemedicine for common health problems can avoid co-pays, sitting in waiting rooms and being exposed to more germs," said Wagner.