General Motors offers virtual healthcare to its employees, contractors and even visitors to its global technical center in Warren.
The Henry Ford Virtual Care Center is now open at the Tech Center. This is an onsite health facility at Tech Center which is operated by Henry Ford Health System.
It operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., providing GM’s 21,000 employees at the Tech Center, contractors and visitors with access to health care focused on primary care, chronic disease management and health care. treatment of acute conditions with a primary care physician.
GM is joining a national trend of providing virtual health care to employees and the center is the Global Tech Center’s first lay health clinic, said GM spokeswoman Kristen Ackerman.
Here is how it works. When a patient visits the Virtual Care Center, a Henry Ford Medical Assistant is there in person to use the technology that will allow a physician from the Henry Ford Medical Group to virtually examine the patient.
The technology is called TytoCare. This is a 3D technology that allows a doctor to examine the ears, lungs, heart, throat, skin, abdomen, and temperature using a portable device with high resolution and high clarity. The medical assistant uses the device on the patient and clinical data is securely shared with the doctor during the visit for health screening.
“Because our team has more flexibility to choose to be in person when the job permits, we have identified opportunities to improve employee time spent on site,” said Kim Brycz, senior vice president of human resources. global GM.
In addition to convenient healthcare appointments, the center will offer workers “shorter wait times and longer patient-doctor interactions,” without leaving work, Brycz said.
Recruitment experts say it’s a good idea. Virtual health centers located on site help attract and retain employees because of their convenience. It also keeps workers healthy to be productive.
“We are entering a period of the post-pandemic labor market where work-life integration is central,” said Adam Robinson, CEO of Hireology Inc., a Chicago-based HR technology provider. “Employers who want access to the best talent in the market will increasingly provide employee-focused services that offer convenience and flexibility. This GM move is a big step in that direction.”
Robinson said that from hybrid and flexible office policies to bringing other services to the office to help employees maximize their time, “the years to come will bring innovation to the workplace at a rate that we don’t. have never seen before “.
Last year, a majority of employers with on-site or nearby health centers added or increased virtual care services instead of in-person visits during the pandemic, according to one. Willis Towers Watson survey, a global consulting, brokerage and solutions company. More than half of centers that have expanded their virtual care services plan to make these changes permanent, according to the survey.
Employee feedback has shown GM executives that accessibility and convenience are two key factors employees need when it comes to their health care, said Sheila Savageau, head of state health care. United at GM.
“This is one more way for GM to demonstrate its commitment to creating a work environment that promotes the general well-being of its employees,” said Savageau.
Health care needs that can be addressed at the on-site facility include:
- Annual preventive physical examinations
- Assessment and monitoring of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and respiratory problems
- Headaches or migraines
- Seasonal allergies
- Flu-like symptoms
- Back ache
- Urinary tract infections
- Earaches and eye infections
- Skin conditions and rashes
- Sprains and strains
For an appointment, call 313-484-5890 or visit HenryFord.com/VirtualCareGM. Walk-in appointments are also available, GM said.