Is Virtual Healthcare the Physician Shortage Solution?
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Is Virtual Healthcare the Physician Shortage Solution?

Even Quality Recruitment Won’t Dissolve the Doctor Shortage

Many experts are forecasting a physician shortage during the onslaught of general healthcare worker scarcity.  In spite of the shortage, a great recruitment team like PX3 Medical Staffing can help you find the right doctor or executive for your team.  PX3 Medical offers more than healthcare résumé filtering.  We become your healthcare and executive staffing partner.  Visit https://PX3Med.com or call (925)948-8749 for information on how it works. As remarkable as the performance of PX3 Medical Staffing is, one firm can’t make the shortage disappear.  Regrettably, that shortage might put additional stress on your organization and staff as other hospitals attempt to lure your star doctors and executives away.  Medical facilities are increasing looking to virtual healthcare for the physician shortage solution.

Why Virtual Healthcare Might be the Answer

What is the solution to the shortage of qualified doctors and other staff in a healthcare organization?  Some experts are looking at virtual healthcare for answers.  While virtual healthcare cannot make hundreds of thousands more doctors suddenly available, it can free up time of the doctors you do hire, reducing burnout and improving quality of care.

An article by the University of Arizona Telemedicine, stresses that healthcare organizations must make the best use of their existing physician pool.  Physicians may be able to deliver a significant percentage of their current services via telemedicine.  Telemedicine could provide short term relief for an overburdened physician collective.

In a recent survey by Deloitte, half of the surveyed healthcare executives felt at least 25% of all outpatient care, long-term care and preventative care could be serviced through virtual healthcare delivery methods by 2040.  The delay in moving toward virtual implementation revolves around regulatory and payment barriers.  A bill is languishing in the house, where it has been since it was introduced in 2012, which would promote virtual healthcare.  There is recently renewed interest.  Virtual meetings of all kinds proved to be successful during the pandemic lockdown.  Virtual medicine may be back in view.

The Virtual Healthcare Transformation

Some information about virtual healthcare may surprise you.  There are areas of healthcare where virtual healthcare outperforms traditional healthcare.  Both providers and patients have the ability to share data and content. This allows convenient, provider-patient interactions facilitating higher quality healthcare. 

The automated nature of virtual healthcare relieves physicians of mundane or administrative workload, freeing them to focus on the healthcare itself.  It’s a more efficient and better use of clinician’s skills and time.  A virtual assistant can handle appointment scheduling, prescription orders and transcribing clinician notes to the electronic medical records. Patients save time too.  Virtual healthcare knocks about two hours off of physician visits compared to traditional in person healthcare.

Continuity

Patients who do not feel well enough to leave their beds still have access to a doctor.  Patient care could continue across the care spectrum from acute, to post-acute to well-being in a more convenient, continuous manner.   For example, follow up to a patient’s medication therapy would take less time and be more likely to occur.   That would boost medication treatment adherence by a significant percentage.

Challenges

There are instances where a physical examination is necessary.  Broken bones, diagnosis of chronic diseases or drawing blood for further tests.  There is also a concern over security breaches when the patient side of the connection may be on a public connection.

Affordability

With the time savings, cost benefits could follow, making virtual healthcare likely to become the preferred default healthcare delivery method.  According to a survey by Red Quill Consulting Inc, the average coset of a virtual visit runs from $40 to $50 compared to $176 for an in person traditional healthcare visit.

While Virtual healthcare does not offer the perfect solution to the physician and other healthcare worker, it should be a component of the comprehensive solution.  In the interim, PX3 Medical Staffing has your physician recruitment solutions.  Contact us today for details.

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