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10 Aug

Technology's Impact on the Healthcare Job Market

Technology's Impact on the Healthcare Job Market

Will healthcare jobs in America be shrinking?  And is the opportunity for high paying healthcare jobs decreasing? You ask, how? Isn’t America growing older, and needing more services?  Is technology to blame?

Back in the early 2000’s I read how radiologist were going to lose their jobs to lower paid radiologist in India.  The internet made it easy to transmit images across the globe.  Recently while watching Sunday Morning on CBS, I saw a story on telecommuting in the United States.  Radiologist was one of the professions doing the telecommuting.  According to the New York Times, hospitals are shutting their radiology departments.  They are going to “teleradiology companies that reads diagnostic images remotely.”  Young radiologists are finding their opportunities for training have decreased, and wages are shrinking also.

What about nurses?  Over the years, insurance cards have included a toll free number to contact a nurse.  It must be cheaper for them to hire a nurse to advise you to see or not to see a doctor, than for you to actually schedule an appointment. 

These telephone numbers are now giving way to websites like WebMD, where you can click on a symptom checker, to see what you may be experiencing.  Other websites, like MDLIVE and Teladoc offer the ability to get 24/7 access to a doctor on the phone, online or via a mobile app.

These alternative methods of treating people most likely won’t go away.  Nursing and medical schools have seen an increase in enrollment over the years.  When they can’t find jobs in the hospitals, and clinics, those young graduates may be answering your online questions.

Mickey Lovingood is a Business Development Coordinator on our Healthcare Business Development Team. She has more than 15 years’ experience in customer relations and sales.

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