Streamlining Healthcare in 2022
Burnout in the healthcare industry has seen an uptake since 2020 when the pandemic overtook the world. The shortage of healthcare professionals added to the surmounting pressure that healthcare professionals were being put under as they were not equipped with the proper tools to handle a global pandemic. Coming into 2022 when COVID-19 is now an everyday part of life the healthcare industry is able to look to the future and redesign it to better serve every American. This is where telehealth steps into the picture to help alleviate some of the stress physicians are facing.
Physicians and patients are both impacted by burnout in this industry. A study found that 55% of healthcare workers in 2021 were suffering from burnout in some capacity. Alleviating this burnout in 2022 should be a primary goal of everyone who has contact with the healthcare industry at one point or another. Telehealth can help relieve the burden that physicians are facing while still providing outstanding patient care that is even now more accessible. Here are three tangible benefits that will be seen with the greater implementation of telehealth for both patients and physicians.
1. Physicians can still provide great care virtually
A great deal of the burnout for physicians comes from handling so many patients in one day and not seeming to get any substantial break. Although telehealth still requires patient interaction it leads to a less stressful environment moving from patient to patient. Doctors are still able to get access to patient records with efficient online systems and have access to ordering any medications or tests that need to be ordered on the patient's behalf. If the physician feels that they need to meet with the patient in person they are able to have patients schedule those appointments. Yet, when they come in to see the doctor in person they already have background knowledge on what the patient's issues or concerns are creating for less catch-up needed and feeling rushed during their appointment.
2. Patients are able to get the same quality of care via telehealth
Patient care is not being compromised with telehealth services. This could be a concern for many physicians wanting to provide the best care possible as well as for patients who could think their care could be compromised when done virtually. However, it is a great opportunity to start conversations about their care because it gives doctors more flexibility and still provides the same quality of care to many patients.
3. Medicine has the ability to keep up with technology
Telehealth is looking to be a large part of modern medicine in the coming years. The pandemic pushed telehealth services to be used sooner than thought. However, this is a good thing because the world we live in is becoming more technologically advanced and keeping up with that in medicine is critical. Physicians that are now getting practice with telehealth are setting themselves up for a better future and can experience less burnout then. Having medicine keep up with technology will ensure success in the future and create the best medical practices.