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10 Reasons to Provide Telemedicine Virtual Healthcare to Employees

Posted by Alden Hui on March 18, 2019
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Our society is slowly but surely realizing the importance of proactive treatment. Paired with new technological advances and a growing lag in our public healthcare system, telemedicine is quickly becoming a vital tool for Canadians everywhere. It makes sense for employers to provide virtual healthcare to their employees so they can maintain optimal health and check up in their own convenience. Dialogue is a leading Canadian telemedicine platform which provides ease of access for employees and their loved ones. 

All it takes is a mobile device or computer to access a virtual consultation with a qualified medical professional - letting employees save time and work around their own schedule:



1. Flexibility

  • Telemedicine is accessible from anywhere in Canada through your mobile device and computer. 
  • Interact with nurses through chat, video, and phone
  • Secure video access to doctors
  • Free delivery on renewal and prescriptions 
  • Get referrals to specialists
  • Dialogue can identify the healthcare professional most suited to your medical needs

2. Safe and Secure Platform

Dialogue uses proprietary full-stack technology. Your personal information is stored safely and privately.

3. Convenience

Canadians wait an average of 1/2 day in the ER before seeing a doctor. While over 70% of visits can be treated virtually. If you put these two statistics together, you realize that Canadians are waiting far too long for things could be done easily. 

Additionally, the World Health Organization has identified telehealth as a beneficial tool to provide workers in remote and rural areas with timely access to medical care.

4. Multi-Channel Approach

Stigma and discrimination are still present and often represent a barrier for people to act and to get the medical support they need. Our mind requires the same care as our body and mental illness can be treated as effectively as any other physical problem. Virtual care like Dialogue constitutes an accessible and effective option in seeking help or treatment by offering another means of communication as psychological issues can be difficult to talk about.

5. Work Life Balance

Dialogue can have prescriptions sent to your preferred pharmacy or delivered to your home or workplace, allowing you to optimize your daily schedules.

The healthcare world still operates from 9-5, but Dialogue gives users the possibility to access care outside of work hours.

By reducing the personal and travel time needed for an in-person consultation, employees are empowered to better manage their time

6. Increased Productivity / Reduced Absenteeism

Employees lose 9 days a year to sickness. A considerable amount of this time is spent waiting in clinics or follow ups. Virtual healthcare allows employees to consult a doctor quickly and efficiently, allowing for a head start on recovery and less sick days wasted in line. 

7. Reduced Presenteeism

Presenteeism is the term coined where an employee shows up at work physically but is mentally distracted all day due to an illness or other related reasons. Employees can have peace of mind after a quick online consultation with a specialist, allowing for an optimal work day. It is no surprise that converging scientific evidence has found healthy employees are more productive than peers with health issues. Evidence also suggests that employees with depression are three times more likely to experience lost productivity.

8. Increased Job Satisfaction

Research also shows 95% of users are satisfied with tele-consults, and Dialogue specifically has very high levels of satisfaction.

9. Proactive Approach

Reduce the overall cost of healthcare benefits by providing proactive methods like telemedicine. Employees can consult anytime, even for less critical cases. This leads to fewer out of pocket fees for emergency health care services.

10. Competitive Benefits Environment

Last but not least, companies are offering a wide range of new incentives to recruits at an alarming rate. Get ahead of the competition by offering the latest in health benefits. 

Summary Video - How does Dialogue work?



How can I offer telemedicine to my employees?

Olympia is partnering with Dialogue to offer an exclusive package and pricing. Existing HSA Group plan holders can add these telemedicine services by simply filling out a form in My Olympia.  

To learn more about adding Dialogue to your plan:

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Topics: telemedicine, dialogue, HSA Group