It’s no exaggeration to say that COVID has drastically altered the global landscape. Existing ways of working that have served industries for years have been rendered useless overnight. This goes for healthcare, too. Naturally, this paradigm shift can put an incredible strain on your career.
Thankfully, in the darkest of times comes the most powerful of innovations. Where there is a will, there is a way. Thanks to the wonders of technology, you can successfully adapt your healthcare career to the post-COVID landscape. Here’s how:
Make use of remote technology
One of the most widely used technologies around right now is, somewhat predictably, remote working solutions. For instance, while meetings are often canceled due to social distancing, this problem can easily be solved by using a video conferencing service. While it is not ideal, the same could be incorporated for talking to patients who need remote consultation. While there is no substitute for good old-fashioned face to face interaction, it does have upsides. You will cut down the time spent traveling from meeting to meeting or waiting for patients to be organized outside in the waiting room.
You have more time to be productive
Continuing with this theme of freeing up wasted time, you will have more of your day to dedicate to productive tasks.
Of course, sometimes you haven’t got enough time or staff to complete a job, regardless of your extra time savings. For example, if you need to look after patients with chronic illnesses but are too stretched to offer them sufficient service, why not outsource this care to dedicated medical professionals who can pick up the slack. Using a chronic care management company can give your patients around the clock care without you having to spread your resources dangerously thin.
Expand your skills online
Of course, if you are in a fortunate position where you have a modicum of additional time (especially if you are working from home), it could be worth learning additional skills that could help you deliver a better service in your healthcare career.
If you are determined to change medical policy and make a difference higher up the chain of command, why not gain additional online qualifications or sharpen your leadership skills by enrolling in a short online course? It will most certainly help you adapt and make the most of the opportunities created by this transformative global change.
Tech has the potential to increase your patient’s quality of life
While hands-on assistance will always be the most powerful form of healthcare, the increasing employment of digital technology between healthcare staff and patients has the potential actually to increase the amount of help available.
You could, for example, use wearable remote monitors that register a patient’s vital signals. Using this tech will hasten the staff response rate and deliver around patients’ clock monitoring, allowing them more control over their own healthcare.
This will also reduce emergency room readmissions and staff workload, giving healthcare professionals the ability to better assess which patient requires their immediate attention.