As government officials, providers, health plans and employers are recommending telehealth as the first choice to support patient care during this pandemic surge, the push is now on how to identify medical professionals who can provide assistance for populations that are in dire need. Before the pandemic, only 1 in 10 patients in the U.S. used telehealth, according to a J.D. Power survey. Now, health systems and private telehealth companies are seeing a dramatic increase in the use of telehealth.
The COVID Telehealth Demand.
The demand for telehealth is only going to increase with the federal government recently announcing an expansion of Medicare telehealth services. The Cleveland Clinic, along with other health systems, is responding by increasing hiring, and companies such as PlushCare has increased hiring of doctors by 50% to 100%. NYU Langone has 170 doctors who attend to telemedicine patients today, up from 35 two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, nearly 20 states have enacted emergency regulations to increase the use of telehealth to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. This has many health systems and private telemedicine companies scrambling to meet the demand and hiring more physicians and other healthcare professionals. As is often the case with medical professionals, the supply chain is a challenge. During a crisis of this magnitude – the demand literally becomes a matter of life or death.
How Locums Can Meet the Need.
Locums providers are practiced in filling critical needs on short notice. Here are four reasons Locums are the answer for key telehealth offerings for your facility:
- They are an invaluable resource for telemedicine. There are many skilled providers who are able and willing to join the workforce but are considered high-risk for COVID because they are older or immune-compromised. These professionals can be a significant asset to your facility without being in the field during this time.
- They are adept at assimilation. Locums providers are accustomed to adapting to new environments and working alongside existing staff without being disruptive. Their adaptability can extent to telemedicine, as they are used to learning new systems.
- Flexible scheduling. Locums providers already have a cadence of scheduling that allows them to adjust to the telehealth schedule well. They expect to have atypical shifts and are open to malleability.
- They are experienced problem solvers. When there’s a need for Locums tenens, there is almost always a critical issue that needs to be addressed. Locums know how to come in, imbue a sense of calm, identify processes, and take over to keep patient care seamless and effective.
We’re here to support our healthcare heroes as they care for all.
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