The Impact of Telemedicine on Staffing
James Heil, Regional Vice President, Delta Locum Tenens
Telemedicine makes it possible to diagnose, monitor, and treat patients virtually in real time through technology-enabled devices. It also facilitates communication and consultation between providers, nurses, and healthcare professionals to drive excellence in patient care. The capability of on-demand virtual visits will continue to evolve healthcare, and the remote patient monitoring device market is poised to hit $46 billion this year, according to data cited by the Advisory Board.* Providers can leverage the power of telemedicine to streamline staffing and work with professionals who may once been inaccessible.
Hire the Best Professionals
Because telemedicine eliminates the need for in-person interactions, licensed and highly qualified candidates can provide healthcare services remotely—even across facilities. This capability enables providers to leverage the best expertise possible—without worry about schedules and travel. Radiology, primary care, intensive care, and psychiatry are just some of the specialties and practice that are leading the use of telemedicine.
Dynamic Staffing Capabilities
The balancing act required to staff a facility can be tenuous. Telemedicine empowers providers to leverage staffing resources dynamically and efficiently, and even accommodate last-minute needs and requests as the opportunities arise—without compromising care.
Provider and Patient Benefits
Advisory Board names several strategic benefits of data-driven telemedicine between patients and providers, such as greater patient convenience and streamline medication management. Providers can also realize operational efficiencies and fewer hospital readmissions due to more frequent and timely communication with patients. And as the market share for wearables climbs—with a projected $16.3 billion for 2018, according to Advisory Board—the acceptance of the technology that enables telemedicine is on the rise.
Advisory Board reports that:
- 20 percent of patients are living in areas with insufficient primary care doctors,
- nationwide patients wait 19.5 days on average for an appointment with a family practice
- and only 55 percent of patients receive recommended preventative care.
These gaps can be filled with remote patient care capabilities. As more consumers say they prefer virtual care—and Advisory Board reports that 72 percent would be willing to see a doctor via video—telemedicine is poised to grow in practice and acceptance.
Delta Locum Tenens strives to find new ways to provide service lines to our customers, and telemedicine is one where we see an opportunity to be a resource to our facilities and providers looking for help with their telemedicine needs in the future.
*All Advisory Board data points in this story are cited from either Advisory Board research or external sources and can be found in the presentation, The Advisory Board Company, Market Innovation Center, “Telemedicine Industry Trends 2016.”
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Placements & Interviews
Placement Data by Specialty
This data represents average statistics of placements and interviews by Delta Physician Placement over the twelve-month survey period. Since these averages only include placements and interviews, the compensation information presented indicates the rate at which candidates are choosing to interview or sign. Average days information can be used to forecast a probable timeline for a recruitment effort in a particular specialty.
|Average Compensation||Average Days|
|Starting Compensation||Sign-on Bonus||Potential Compensation||From Interview to Placement||Total Placement||Fastest Days-to-Fill|
|Family Medicine- Obstetrics||$180,000||$20,000||$249,000||16||72||10|
Data reflects averages from placements and interviews by Delta Physician Placement from January 2016 through December 2016. “Potential Compensation” data reflects average yearly compensation at full production excluding benefits. “Average Days” data does not include off-contract placements. “Average Days Total Placement” data is calculated from profile to placement.
Placements by Population
Data indicates sources of candidates for placements and interviews from January 2016 through December 2016
Data indicates sources of candidates for placements and interviews from January 2016 through December 2016.
Nationwide Search Distribution
Map represents searches initiated by Delta Physician Placement on behalf of healthcare facilities from January 2016 through December 2016.
Specialty Demand Comparison
|4th Quarter 2016||4th Quarter 2015|
|1.||Family Medicine||Family Medicine|
|4.||Family Medicine - Obstetrics||Obstetrics/Gynecology|
|5.||Surgery - General||Emergency Medicine|
|6.||Obstetrics/Gynecology||Family Medicine - Obstetrics|
|8.||Urology||Surgery - General|
|9.||Geriatric Medicine - IM||Neurology|
|11.||Allergy/Immunology||Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation|
|12.||Emergency Medicine||Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine|
Data compares the top 15 most requested searches initiated by Delta Physician Placement, comparing the fourth quarters of 2015 and 2016.
Search Distribution Specialty
Data indicates the percentage of searches initiated by specialty grouping between January 2016 through December 2016.
|Top 5 States Providers Have
Taken New Opportunities
Compares all states for the top 5 candidate placements as initiated by Delta Physician Placement from January 2016 through December 2016.
Days Requested - Top Specialties
Data indicates the top specialties by days requested from January 2016 through December 2016.
Nationwide Physician Distribution
Map represents the percentage of licensed physicians by region working with Delta Locum Tenens