4 Predictions for the Future of Healthcare Jobs in 2021
Posted by Des Sinkevich on December 9, 2020
Reliance on telemedicine will grow – and so will the tech needed to maintain it
Patients are taking advantage of the availability of telehealth appointments for wellness visits, general health concerns, mental health visits, and even for monitoring and managing chronic illnesses. As more people understand the usefulness of digital healthcare, we can expect the use of telemedicine as a standard appointment method to stick around even after the world transitions to post-pandemic.
Telehealth services benefit both the patient and the medical practice, allowing doctors to see more patients efficiently, encouraging patients to keep regular wellness appointments, and giving office staff more time to process paperwork. Along with continued use of telehealth, health technology will need to adapt to meet demand. From new and cutting-edge scheduling software to tech that allows a doctor to measure vital signs over video, telemedicine demand will drive increased innovation.
Healthcare will play a part in every industry
New essential roles and reinvestment in overlooked positions
Health administration, medical office staff, and other similar support positions will be in-demand but those trained to fill the positions may be harder to find. Here’s where employers may need to implement effective recruitment and training strategies to attract and keep top talent.
Besides a new focus on administrative roles, new or previously underutilized jobs are becoming in-demand due to the pandemic. We’ll see the need for contact tracers and those certified in roles like sterile processing grow well into 2021.
Rapid training and upskilling will be essential for frontline workers
We’ve embraced technology to connect with friends, coworkers, and doctors through video conferencing and telehealth services, so why shouldn’t this reliance on digital alternatives apply to training processes? In order to prepare current employees to handle an influx of patients while also giving incumbent workers the foundational skills they need to become an effective member of a healthcare team, employers and staffing agencies will look toward digital training solutions. These solutions can prepare workers to confidently build their skills while easing the strain that training new staff can place on current employees and overall productivity.
Prepare for 2021 with a trusted healthcare training partner
One thing 2020 has taught us all is that, often, it’s difficult to predict what the future holds. An unprecedented global pandemic has forced the world to change how we live, work, and study. But while it may not be entirely clear what 2021 will bring us in terms of COVID-19, one thing is certain: preparing to tackle expected issues ahead of time is a smart idea for any employer. That’s why a trusted healthcare training partner like Penn Foster can be a benefit to your company. Start preparing for what’s next by contacting a healthcare training expert today.