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Telling about Telehealth

Nov 24, 2014

thJF3RZ5E6One important shift in healthcare thinking—and healthcare economics—brought about by the Affordable Care Act is a move away from fee-for-service models, in the direction of preventive care and outcomes-based compensation. And many observers believe a key component in facilitating such a system will be the rise of telehealth. The U.S. Department of  Health and Human Services defines telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.” And some studies have shown that telehealth can play a key role in creating better patient outcomes. At the end of 2013, RNCOS Business Consultancy Services issued a report predicting, among other things, an 18.5 percent compound annual growth rate in telehealth worldwide between 2012 and 2018. And Forbes magazine quoted another market analyst saying that the U.S. telehealth market will grow by more than 50 percent annually through 2018. Those figures seem almost wildly optimistic. And according to a recent AMN Healthcare study of “Emerging Roles in Healthcare,” maybe they are.

New Roles in Healthcare: Care Coordinator

Nov 21, 2014

football-player-12123-mediumThe landscape of healthcare in the U.S. is about to change—fast—due to tectonic shifts in demographics (aging population = increased demand for care) and legislation (Hello, ACA!) And many healthcare organizations are reacting by creating new job roles to better serve patients in changing times. One of those new job roles is that of care coordinator. The website Education Portal gives a pretty succinct explanation of the position: “A patient care coordinator’s job is to ensure that a medical facility is providing high quality care services.” They work with both patients and healthcare facility staff, seeing to it that everyone is working from the same page.

The Other PTA

Nov 19, 2014

thU.S. News and World Report’s most recent “best jobs” listings placed this particular specialty at number 11 on its roster of best healthcare jobs, and number 17 on its list of best jobs overall. What is the specialty? It’s what’s known as a physical therapy assistant. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, PTA as a job category is set to expand by more than 40 percent between 2012 and 2022. Physical therapy assistants work in conjunction with physical therapists and other clinicians; they perform a good deal of the “hands-on” work involved in administering physical therapy to sick or injured patients.

The ACA: New Roles in Healthcare

Nov 17, 2014

thThere’s much talk in the healthcare industry about how the demand for care will rise in the coming years due to an aging population. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted growth in nearly every conceivable medical job and specialty, based on the needs of the U.S. population projected over the decade of 2012 to 2022. But another factor contributing to growth in demand will be the Affordable Care Act. Simply put, having more people insured means more demand for services. What’s more, the ACA will also shape the types of services in play, as it changes the playing field with new mandates, and new incentives. A recent report issued by AMN Healthcare highlights new roles for healthcare workers, roles created in the wake of the ACA rollout:

Mercenary Medicine: Freelance Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry

Nov 14, 2014

thFor job seekers looking for outside-the-box career opportunities in modern healthcare, Flexjobs.com—an online “flexible job search resource”—suggests that increasing numbers of health industry-related jobs are available by way of the freelance market. Which isn’t to say they can be had easily—Flexjobs warns that many freelance healthcare jobs require “advanced degrees, high levels of experience, and specialized backgrounds and knowledge.” Still others, though, can be obtained chiefly by leveraging one’s expertise in a non-medical field.

Whither LPNs?

Nov 12, 2014

thPDCIV462Healthcare industry observers have been forecasting sunbeams and rainbows for job seekers in the nursing profession the last few years. And while demographic, social, and political factors will inevitably drive demand for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and other nurses with BSNs or advanced degrees, the outlook for licensed practical nurses is more uncertain. On the one hand, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 25 percent increase in job prospects for LPNs between 2012 and 2022. But some of the empirical evidence suggests that the industry has other plans. 

The Marriage of Medicine and Engineering

Nov 10, 2014

226676_10152415306210366_677375889_nSo maybe you’re torn between medicine and engineering. Maybe you love the challenges involved in conceptualizing; technical problem-solving; building something. But maybe you’re fascinated, too, by the wonders of human physiology, or else taken with the prospect of finding answers to the most mystifying medical conundrums. If that description sounds like you—and granted, there’s probably not too many people who fit the mold—then perhaps you should consider a career in biomedical engineering.  Biomedical engineers can work in government, hospital, research, and private industry settings. Some of the things they may do include performance- and safety-testing new products; overseeing medical equipment in clinics and hospitals; designing and building special devices for medical or research purposes; supervising laboratories, and even participating in laboratory research, in conjunction with experts in other disciplines.

Careers in Public Health: A Survey

Nov 7, 2014

thMost of us think about health and healthcare in terms of how we feel—in terms of the ongoing physical health of ourselves and our loved ones. But it’s important to think of healthcare at the macro level, too. Healthcare is a community issue, an institutional concern; healthcare has a global dimension. How do we contain the spread of West Nile Virus, or Ebola? How can we facilitate implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the United States? This is the stuff of top-of-the-fold headlines, illustrative of the fact that the issue of public health is of greater primacy now than at any other time in history. There are a number of different career options available in public health, many destinations and many paths to get there. Many jobs require a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Public Health; some may require medical, dental, or other training as well.

Career Paths for RNs [Infographic]

Nov 6, 2014

In the Future of Nursing report published by the Institute of Medicine, it is recommended that health care facilities throughout the United States increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN to 80 percent and double the number of nurses with a DNP by the year 2020. Research shows that nurses who are prepared at baccalaureate and graduate degree levels are linked to lower readmission rates, shorter lengths of patient stay, and lower mortality rates in health care facilities.  What does the job market look like for RNs who are looking to advance their careers... Read more at Simmons.  

Educating Nurses on Nursing Education

Nov 5, 2014

th0J3KJJSNThe Institute of Medicine has published a Future of Nursing report, and its recommendations may foreshadow trends in the nursing job market the next 10 or 15 years. We've long heard that registered nurses are looking at a bright future in terms of job prospects moving into the 2020s. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted 19 percent growth in the field from 2012 to 2022. But since that report was issued, some observers have noted that growth in nursing as a profession hasn't taken off the way others had predicted. In short, the economic downturn of 2008 has caused many older nurses to hold on to jobs longer, meaning less turnover.