The COVID-19 pandemic upended the way the world works. Nowhere was this more in evidence than in the healthcare workplace, where essential workers were stretched to the limits of their endurance and recruiters faced obstacles like never before.
The medical profession is a complicated one to navigate at the moment. Hiring physicians is especially challenging in this environment. But despite these challenges, it remains true that staffing your facility with high-performing individuals is the surest (and, really, the only) way to create a successful medical organization. The question then becomes: how does your organization overcome any staffing challenges that could potentially impede the progress?
Healthcare providers have a tremendous capacity to help heal people within their community. The issue is that often, not everyone within that community has an equal opportunity to receive the highest quality care based on circumstances often outside their control. A systemic attempt to correct these imbalances is known as striving for health equity.
Rural hospitals face multiple challenges in providing care to their patients. Issues such as reliable transportation, an inability to find staff willing to work in their area, and a general lack of resources compared to urban centers can impact patient care. These challenges aren't insurmountable, and healthcare organizations can help mitigate them by turning to telehealth.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. hospitals were already amid historic workforce shortages and shrinking budgets. Coronavirus only exacerbated this growing trend, shining a spotlight on the American healthcare system's challenges and flaws.
Over the past few years, telehealth has surged in popularity. Around 76% of hospitals are already using this technology, connecting with patients from a distance to help monitor their vital signs, symptoms, and current health needs.
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At VISTA we’re dedicated to being our clients’ strategic workforce optimization partner. With our deep industry expertise and exclusive locums MSP technology, we help health systems, hospitals, practices, and government entities build and sustain effective workforce models that ensure patient access to care and organizational stability. Covering more than 60 specialties, we staff physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to help our clients preserve revenue and maintain profitability.