Fittingly titled "Death by 1000 Cuts," the Medscape 2021 Physician Burnout & Suicide was released on January 22, 2021. In it, the team at Medscape documents the devastating effect of the pandemic has had on our front-line healthcare providers.
Some choice findings:
When we spoke to the Chief Medical Officer of a prominent telemedicine company, an early adopter of telemedicine, he felt that "moving the entire experience over a digital medium allows for us to design a more effective and efficient work flow. We've developed more creative ways in which we can...mitigate bureaucratic tasks."
We've also seen how providers who are also new mothers and caregivers have leveraged the flexibility of telemedicine jobs to provide care to their families while simultaneously being able to actively participate in a career that they have dedicated years of their life to.
A report from Frost & Sullivan revealed that telemedicine grew 64.3% in 2020, accelerating the growth of telemedicine and digital health by years in a manner of only a few short months.
With the field of digital health expanding rapidly, it's only natural that providers will gravitate towards a field that can restore their work-life balance.
With a flexible schedule, more efficient work-flow, pared down bureaucratic tasks, and increased provider autonomy, telemedicine is well-positioned to provide healthcare workers an alternative career model than the old paradigm that they trained in.
Given the rates of burn out, maybe that's not such a bad thing.
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