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The Future of Primary Care [ How the Primary Care Landscape is Adapting to a Mobile Workforce ]

Innovation and technology promote a mobile workforce. With employees being significant consumers of technology outside the office and at home, it only makes sense that they’d want to incorporate inventive solutions and technology into their healthcare.

There’s a reason annual investments in the digital health industry have increased from $1 billion in 2010 to nearly $14 billion in 2019. As mobile workers increasingly demand affordability and accessibility, employers and primary care providers must pivot to provide the flexibility the current generation demands. Let’s explore the basics of how a mobile workforce can effectively manage their healthcare through direct primary care (DPC).

Healthcare on the Move

Whether you work from home, travel to work locally, or commute from state to state, having the right type of healthcare is immensely important. For example, many risks come with being a truck driver, but many drivers do not have enough healthcare access for their specific needs. And while some trucking companies offer healthcare for their employees, access is often limited to a particular geographic area or time frame. Suppose you’re dealing with traditional healthcare options like insurance. In that case, out-of-network claims can be costly for the employee and employer, and scheduling can be nearly impossible for an employee who is always on the move.

It’s been well established that primary care is the foundation of good health. The role of a primary care provider (PCP) is to treat conditions before they escalate into worse disease states and to keep a baseline of an individual’s health data. Ideally, your PCP helps you stay healthy by providing physicals, screenings, and watching for trends that could indicate serious conditions in the future. But how do you experience the advantages of primary care when you’re always on the go?

Primary Care “To-Go”

Employers and mobile workers are taking notice of direct primary care more than ever. Unfortunately, traditional DPC practices are regionally based and may not provide a complete solution for a national or mobile workforce. That is where Healthcare2U comes in. As a nationwide, hybrid DPC organization, Healthcare2U has progressed the model’s benefits and removed its limitations. Because of their national footprint, geographical barriers to primary care are no longer a factor. When you have a nationwide DPC organization, employees can get the care they need at any time, any place. Because of their innovation, it’s no surprise that Healthcare2U has emerged as a nationwide solution for mobile workers in a wide range of industries. Employees like being able to schedule an appointment with a provider in any state and have their health data stored in one central repository to be accessed no matter where they are.

Another aspect of DPC that the mobile workforce enjoys is unlimited telehealth. The technology to visit with a doctor online or by phone has been available for many years. Still, recent world events have brought this modern way of consuming healthcare to the forefront. From 2013 to 2020, the number of telehealth visits in the U.S. has grown from an estimated 22 million visits to 60 million.

Stay on the Cutting Edge

Employee turnover eats away profits. To keep a mobile workforce happy, employers must offer alternatives to the status quo that are both economical and convenient. Direct primary care checks both of those boxes. For more information on a nationwide DPC solution, contact Healthcare2U.

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