Finding a good work/life balance is a challenge for most modern professionals. The shortage of physicians and complexity of running a medical practice, amplify the pressure on many medical professionals to spend far too much time working and not enough enjoying life with friends and family.
Fortunately, just like mobile devices and cloud enabled applications allow other types of professionals to work from home, adjust hours around family needs, and take a vacation without feeling completely disconnected, telemedicine can do the same for healthcare providers.
Here’s how telemedicine can help restore the balance in your life:
Reduce the amount of time it takes to see each patient
By seeing more people in less time you can choose to work shorter hours, or increase revenue without working more. Either way, the approach gives you more control over how you spend your time.
Work from home
Whether it is occasional, or weekly, many providers find that they are able to see all their patients from home on certain days, eliminating time consuming and costly commutes.
Choose your own hours
Normal office hours aren’t ideal for every provider or patient. Telemedicine lets you schedule appointments anytime that works well for you. If family obligations keep you away from the office during the day, you can easily schedule some evening or weekend appointments.
Travel without worry
Many medical providers report being reluctant to take a vacation or travel to conferences, especially when they are working with patients with acute or complex issues. Because a video visit can be conducted from anywhere with an internet connection, providers who use it can travel wherever they like, knowing that they can still provide patient care if needed.
These days, work is a thing you do, not necessarily a place you go. While sometimes it is essential to see patients in-person, in many others it is not. By leveraging telemedicine for just some appointments, providers are able to gain more control of their time without sacrificing patient care or practice revenue. No wonder the approach is gaining popularity so quickly.