The healthcare industry has strong ties to the IT staffing and consulting industry. Staffing firms provide crucial placement of doctors and nurses and consulting helps with technology and administration. Read more to learn about advancements in healthcare, how COVID-19 affected the industry, and the rise of Telehealth.
Advancements and Technology in Healthcare
The healthcare industry has become increasingly collaborative. Various positions work together to reduce risk and create innovative and efficient solutions. This industry is no exception to becoming digitalized. Technology like electronic medical records or EMRs are utilized by health care providers and require installations and updates often outsourced to subject matter experts or SMEs. The need for new equipment and cutting-edge technology has created a need for SMEs to consult within the industry on the IT side of healthcare.
Consulting in Healthcare
Consulting firms help medical practices and hospitals with guidance and solutions on the business and administrative end of things. If you’re in need of operations, software development and upgrades, or human resources consulting is the way to go. Firms can enlist subject matter experts to help your healthcare business. Other subspecialty medical practices like dental, chiropractic, and therapeutic similarly turn to consultants for management issues as well.
Staffing in Healthcare
Hospitals and medical practices often rely on staffing firms to manage doctors and nurses. Staffing firms do a lot of placing in the healthcare industry. Healthcare, like other industries, typically outsources job placement to staffing firms since they are the recruitment experts. There are many benefits to working with staffing companies. When medical organizations need help growing their business, finding high-quality candidates, ensuring they’re staffed during busy times and seasonal fluctuations, they turn to staffing solutions. The frequency and utility of staffing in the healthcare industry has led it to becoming a sizable market, but one is not without its struggles.
The pandemic created various trends leading to healthcare staffing shortages. There were shortages party because baby boomer nurses started retiring and healthcare workers were struggling with PTSD. Another issue was that many workers opted to use their stored up paid-time-off all at once. With such limited staffing, the shortage pitted hospitals and practitioners against one another in a struggle for workers. This lack of staffing also increased expenses, causing the prices for healthcare services to rise.
As you might expect, demand for healthcare staffing, especially for nurses, skyrocketed when COVID-19 began causing countless hospitalizations. COVID-19 created a massive shortage. Hospitals, offices and staffing firms alike were at times unable to do anything but watch. Hospitals required more assistance at bedside tables. Physicians needed qualified nurses and other essential staff to keep their offices running. With the deficiency in nurses, businesses like nursing homes were experiencing crippling staffing shortages. According to HealthCareExecIntelligence, 59% of nursing homes reported high levels of staffing shortages. It was both the act of and fear of getting sick that drastically reduced staff sizes of the healthcare industry. One solution to this crisis was to switch to virtual healthcare.
Even healthcare positions are becoming optimized for remote work. A practice commonly referred to as telehealth, also called telemedicine, allows patients to safely meet with their healthcare providers. Healthcare may have seemed impervious to remote work, but especially after COVID-19, virtual healthcare plays an important role. Different work-from-home initiatives have begun to pop up in different sectors of healthcare. Long-distance appointments, clinician contact, education, and monitoring are some of the many features of telehealth. Many remote healthcare positions are focused on data and management like work from home nurses. During the pandemic, these virtual meetings found a lot of success. On platforms like Zoom, they were accomplishing a lot of what had formerly been done in person.
Our Work with the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare is one of the three industries we at blueStone Staffing primarily work with. Our clients in the healthcare industry rely on us to provide staffing solutions for them. Some examples of roles we fill are Review Nurses that examine patients’ medical records as well as review healthcare expenditures and Nurse Case Managers that evaluate new patients and help them update or improve their healthcare plans when needed. Whether it’s for staffing an office or for telehealth our recruiters at blueStone fill both in-person and remote jobs in the healthcare industry. Be sure to check back in next week when we wrap up this series on Industry Evaluation discussing services.
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