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Driving hundreds of miles a day in order to meet strict deadlines does not offer many opportunities to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In fact, 86% of the estimated 3.2 million truck drivers in the United States are overweight or obese, according to a 2007 study in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Truck drivers are at a unique risk for a number of health issues, due to a largely sedentary and stressful work life. These health issues cost trucking companies millions of dollars in healthcare expenses each year.
Trucking companies are also at additional risk for not only the drivers, but also for those that share the road with their drivers. In 2010, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers accounted for 13% of all fatal occupational injuries, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A 2007 report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that 87% of crashes involving truckers stemmed to some degree from driver error. 12% of these cases were because the driver was asleep, had a heart attack, was in diabetic shock or had some other health problem.
Advanced TeleHealth Solutions can offer trucking companies, and other risk-prone industries, effective telemedicine solutions to reduce healthcare costs by:
- Increasing productivity with a healthier workforce
- Providing adherence solutions for employees to ensure medications are taken regularly and on time
- Reducing expensive visits to the doctor and ER
- Providing on-the-go healthcare solutions for on-the-go industries
For more information about how Advanced TeleHealth Solutions can help improve the health and productivity of your workforce while reducing healthcare costs with effective telemedicine solutions, contact us today!