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What’s What: Due to upward spiralling costs, fears about contagion and feedback from busy patients, more healthcare is being delivered online, often by video or on the phone. From teledocs to triage nurses, technology is being used to streamline care delivery. There are also chances to work and travel at the same time by filling temporary needs for health care professionals around the country. If you have skills or training in healthcare, you could find yourself with a whole new set of opportunities.
Amava Take: What exactly is “virtual healthcare?” It uses communications technology to enable virtual visits between patients and health care professionals. These virtual consultations are designed to replace more expensive visits to a doctor’s office or emergency room. These services are popular with busy consumers of healthcare because they cut down on wait times and commutes, minimize missed work and save people sitting in rooms full of coughing, sneezing people. As a result, there are jobs available, so if you’ve got the right skills (doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant and more), you could pick up some flexible work that pays well. If you’re willing to travel around, you can work in person for short stints and get to know new areas of the country.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?
People with the training and experience to jump right in. The technology is new and healthcare always changes, but people who have patient-facing experience are needed.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Take the time to learn the technology, but always have a Plan B so if something goes wrong, you can quickly figure out how to get the patient whatever is needed.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
Typically you will be “on” for shifts, either at a central location or remotely, depending on the company and the technology that they use.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?
It’s great to save people time and stress and help them figure out what they need to do to get better.
How would you describe the hard parts?
Technology solves a lot, but there are still times when it is hard to assess a situation without seeing someone in person.
What surprised you the most about the experience?
How pleasant people are when they are able to get advice about care in a timely, stress-free fashion. Even when they don’t feel well.
Special Requirements: To do patient-facing work, most often you would need a Bachelor’s Degree and some additional licensing, depending on the level of work.
Finding a Position: Nurses can do more than one kind of virtual health work, from case management to triage. There are companies that specialize in placing traveling nurses all over the country if you’re looking to travel and pick up some short-term work in person. Companies have formed to help telehealth practitioners find the jobs they’re looking for, so check them out!