YOUR BENEFIT IN BUSINESS
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by Mike Hunter
Excentium and GlobalMed Awarded Contract with Military Health System GlobalMed®, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based virtual health solutions manufacturer and systems integrator, will provide the specialized and secure delivery systems, software platform and services to Excentium Inc., a Prime SDVOSB based in Virginia that has been awarded a five-year contract to provide maintenance, service and support to the Defense Health Agency’s Virtual Health delivery systems. Under the terms of the IDIQ, Excentium and GlobalMed will provide proprietary evidencebased and clinical data aggregation software, program management, cybersecurity and on-site user training functions to virtual health delivery systems located in military treatment facilities around the world. “Excentium has supported the Military Health System and our active service members since company inception 13 years ago. As a Veteran, I am ecstatic to continue to support the DHA,” says Colin Corlett, Excentium’s president and CEO. “Virtual health and telehealth are two key drivers in making healthcare more accessible to our active duty members and Veterans. We are proud to work with our partner, GlobalMed, to continue to provide value toward bettering healthcare delivery to our service men and women.” “As a Veteran Owned Small Business and vertically integrated telemedicine provider to the White House, Department of Defense, and to over 1,200 Veteran Administration hospitals and clinics nationwide, we are honored to continue our service to the DHA alongside Excentium,” says Joel E. Barthelemy, founder and CEO of GlobalMed. “We are committed to transforming healthcare for service members through the quality and expanded access to care that telemedicine offers.” excentium.com globalmed.com
Gender-Specialized Telehealth Solutions Can Improve Employee Productivity As the price of healthcare continues to rise, many businesses have to make tough decisions where it comes to providing benefits that offer care and services their employees want and need. Those decisions must encompass what to provide and to what extent, in order to maximize employee engagement while controlling costs. And, in today’s low unemployment environment, companies need to offer compelling benefit solutions to attract and/or retain talented employees. While most companies offer plans that cover preventive care and other types of vital medical services, most packages tend to ignore a critical segment of healthcare that most employees want to access — even if they may be a little reticent to talk about it. While typically private, men’s and women’s health services are in high demand but not widely discussed. These include common concerns such as sexual health issues like erectile dysfunction, low sex drive and menopause, as well as other issues affecting the health and self-confidence of men and women alike, including hair loss, skin conditions, sexually transmitted diseases and smoking cessation. All of these issues can and do negatively impact an employer. Increased presenteeism, more absences and higher turnover are the result of not addressing this core component of human wellness. Employees can only be engaged at a level that matches how they feel mentally, emotionally and physically. When part of their well-being is suffering due to common men’s or women’s health concerns, the business suffers too. Most benefit plans are missing men’s and women’s health services. A telehealth solution — which offers access to medical providers over the phone, computer or mobile device — makes
it easier for people to seek care for stigmatized health conditions that can affect their day-to-day well-being. Moreover, it’s an affordable solution for the employer. A Cleveland Clinic survey in 2018 reported that 61 percent of men avoided seeing a doctor even when they needed to go, and 56 percent preferred to keep their health concerns quiet. Meanwhile, Everyday Health reports more than half of women feel bad about their physical appearance on a weekly basis, and 65 percent say they put themselves last. In short, women and men are often too embarrassed to seek care, especially where it comes to sensitive issues like sexual health. But delaying care for these conditions can make matters much worse down the line. Not only is the employee’s quality of life negatively impacted, but the company’s bottom line can take a hit as well due to higher medical costs and missed workdays. In fact, a 2018 report from the Integrated Benefits Institute found that illness-related lost productivity costs employers $530 billion a year. MeMD addresses this with a telehealth platform that gives women and men a safe, convenient and confidential way to talk with a board-certified medical provider about those potentially embarrassing health concerns, restore their well-being and get on with their lives. Companies that offer telehealth solutions for these needs help remove barriers to care while enhancing their employees’ well-being and improving business operations. —Bill Goodwin, CEO of MeMD (memd.me), a national telehealth provider based in Scottsdale that offers on-demand, online care for common illnesses, injuries, men’s and women’s health concerns, and behavioral health issues; Services are available to consumers and businesses nationwide
A Cleveland Clinic survey in 2018 reported that 61 percent of men avoided seeing a doctor even when they needed to go, and 56 percent preferred to keep their health concerns quiet.
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