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2017 Innovation Awards: Emerge Diagnostics Telemedicine Program
Anyone in the medical field will say a major disadvantage of telemedicine is that a doctor cannot touch a patient to accurately gauge pain or measure discomfort.
Emerge Diagnostics Inc., a 2017 Business Insurance Innovation Awards winner, began to bridge that gap earlier this year with a telemedicine service that attaches sensors that go from the patient to a computer manned by a technician, through the internet and onward to a doctor who can check for muscle spasms via readings in the same way an electrocardiogram detects a heart rate.
Electrodes in telemedicine help doctors diagnose from afar
Telemedicine is a way for an injured worker to immediately see a specialist who can properly diagnose and treat — factors that can improve outcomes, save employees from unnecessary treatments and save employers from unnecessary costs, experts say.