Telemedicine: What's Next?

Dec 28, 2021

Telemedicine. Once an afterthought in healthcare (seen as an inconvenience due to lack of insurance coverage) not only is now the norm, it’s expected by patients and providers alike. Much like remote work has become the standard for business professionals, healthcare providers in a job search want to know how your facility embraces telemedicine. So now that it’s the norm, what can we expect from telemedicine in the future? 

It may play a role in addressing burnout.

Consider the following data from a Medscape burnout survey:

  • 56% said too many bureaucratic tasks (charting, paperwork) contribute to burnout and 39% contributed burnout to spending too many hours at work. 
  • 31% said more manageable work schedule/call hours would reduce burnout.

The common denominator with burnout is time. Physicians are busier than ever and want employers to empower them to spend more time at home and less time at work. Thanks to virtual visits and telemedicine progressing quickly during the pandemic, there’s far more technology available to make “working from home” a little more accessible for doctors. So what’s the future of telemedicine? Physicians being empowered and encouraged to complete more work at home and spend less time burning out in-office.

Primary care will become more proactive.

Primary care focuses on a patient’s day-to-day health in order to help providers address health concerns as early as possible. But consider that, among 30-year-olds, only 64% have a primary care physician. As younger generations avoid regular doctor visits, healthcare providers have become more reactive to the way they’re able to treat patients. But with telemedicine, we could finally see a switch to proactive primary care. 

One study found that virtual visits are scheduled, on average, 50% sooner than in-office visits. This, combined with the knowledge that timely healthcare is associated with better health outcomes, shows how impactful telemedicine could be. 

As telemedicine integrates with in-office care, our entire approach to healthcare will shift with it. Despite being ignored in the past, virtual visits will inevitably become a normal part of seeing the doctor. What you need to ask yourself is, “How is my facility preparing for increased telemedicine demand?” As you begin hiring more providers to fill this need, consider one of Inline’s multiple platform options, designed to meet your facility’s unique sourcing needs.




Related Articles

21 Jan 2020
Student Loans: Get Off My Back!

Many students, past and present, deal with the necessary haggle of student loans; especially for those pursuing higher education. A survey completed by the AAMC in 2015 states that medical students in particular who graduated that year carried on average $182K in debt, while those who graduated in 2016, rose up to $190K, with nearly 25% carrying more than $200K. Pretty substantial, and frankly “scary” numbers for a medical student. In additional to this burden, about 33% of these students still carry a debt from their undergraduate studies, which is typically around $24K.

Now that we've fed you the veggies, how about some good news? Once you matched into a residency program, the general salary for a first-year resident is $52.5K. Though you may not be jumping out of your shoes, there are many programs available beyond your initial salary that can help you chip away at those lingering debts. For example, a ten-year plan would pan out to about $2,000 per month in payments (with $182K in loans). 

Solution number one is to finance your debts through a private lender. This could provide you with a lower interest rate, but you’ll have to pre-qualify first via few factors, including your credit as well as your current income. Solution number two is to consider working for an organization in a state that offers a student loan assistance program. Though it varies by area, certain states can knock away a considerable piece of those loans in just a few years. In Texas, the Physician Education Loan Repayment Program offers up to $160K for over four years of practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). In New York, Doctors Across New York provides an additional payment of up to $150K over a five-year commitment to doctors practicing in underserved areas.

The student loan forgiveness state programs are a valuable resource, and should be taken into serious consideration when deciding on a destination and facility of choice. Perhaps you’re thinking of immediate relief, or more of a short-term solution. To be honest, that is not really feasible with $200K in debt. But, when negotiating your “dream” role, it is important to use that as an opportunity to obtain a possible sign-on bonus as well as relocation assistance to help ease the burden, at least temporarily. Keeping a positive mind-set, and considering all possible solutions, can help you achieve your goals of financial growth and stability as a physician.

28 Jan 2020
What is Digital Marketing & How Can it Help Recruit Physicians?

When asked if they’ve “gone digital,” many companies will say, “Of course. We have a website, a Facebook page, and we send email campaigns!” While this kind of online presence is important, digital marketing consists of much, much more. 

Digital Marketing is an action. And not just a single action, but an ongoing, evolving action that empowers you to spend your marketing dollars as efficiently as possible. The first step is putting a piece of content online. What transforms this into digital marketing is the data.

Imagine you see an online job posting. You’re pleased with your current employer, but if a better opportunity presented itself, you’d be interested. In this case, you see a job with a great company and it would cut your commute time in half. You click on the listing, quickly scan it over, make a mental note to return to it later, and move on with your day. 

We all know what happens next: you completely forget you ever saw it. We all see thousands of ads per day. The odds of your one ad being remembered are slim. This is where digital marketing steps in. Remember the job listing you clicked on and forgot about? Since you engaged with the ad, you’ll eventually see a similar ad again. 

This retargeting empowers the workforce to see those jobs they are most interested in and inform themselves about the employer. It also empowers your organization to engage with candidates who have a strong interest in your opportunity. If you’d like to learn more about digital marketing for physician recruiting, click here to schedule a time to speak with a member of our business development team.

30 Jan 2020
How To Avoid Being a Job Hopper

As a physician or advanced practitioner, there are opportunities all over that can expand your experience and your skills, but when it comes to the best time to move from one job to the next is tricky. Everyone’s situation is somewhat the same in one way or another; the specialty isn’t what they expected or the facility wasn’t the right environment for them. Things happen, and wanting to change them for the better is completely understandable; but when it comes to consistently changing jobs year after year, that could potentially ruin your chances in obtaining your “perfect job.”

Before transitioning from one position to the next, ask yourself this: How long have I worked at this facility and how long was I at my previous job?

  • If your employment list is short, or you have worked at a facility for a couple years or more, the chances of being seen as a job-hopper is slim.
  • If you have worked with several employers, and have only been at each for a year or less, that may bring up concerns from future employers.
  • If you have worked with your current employer for a year or less, identify your reason for wanting a change.

Ask yourself why this position is not working out for you, is it because of salary, hours, or location? What position are you wanting to transition into and why? Carrying on from why you are leaving your previous position for another; what are you seeking to improve or gain more experience in?

Hopefully by identifying your job history and maintaining a balance when transitioning from one job to another, you should have no problem in avoiding job-hopping.