Wanted: Remote Sick Care Workers

Wanted: Remote Sick Care Workers

Wanted: Remote Sick Care Workers

According to a recent Linkedin report, working from home isn't a barely tolerated eccentricity anymore -- it's become a competitive advantage. Fresh data from LinkedIn's Economic Graph team shows a big leap during March in remote-work job postings by U.S. companies of all sizes.

BC (before COVID), most healthcare workers did side hustles remotely. AC (after COVID), working from home is de rigueur and likely to be a permanent fixture. The most obvious job is being a teledoc, but, I suspect the sickcare help wanted section will be advertising for:

  1. Anything tech
  2. Patient service advisors
  3. Data navigators
  4. Public health disease detectives and contact trackers
  5. Finance and accounting
  6. Human resources
  7. Revenue cycle management
  8. Anything artificial intelligence
  9. Biomedical and clinical innovation consultants, advisors and medical directors
  10. Remote medical educators
  11. The majority of people who do not actually take care of patients
  12. The majority of managers who supervise those who do not actually take care of patients

A recent MIT report on "Work of the Future"  addresses what might be the most critical question of the digital economy: As emerging technologies raise aggregate economic output and the wealth of nations, will they also enable people to attain greater economic security and improved health and longevity?

Creating a 21st Century health care workforce will take some heavy lifting to fill the gaps that are being created by the formal and informal forces driving change. Those forces include:

  1. The recognition that population health is created or destroyed by socioeconomic determinants like nutrition, education, transportation and housing.

  2. Information and communications technologies are becoming more complicated and pervasive, creating, in some sense, a data industry that happens to take care of patients.

  3. The ratio of sick care to health care is gradually shifting.

  4. K-20 education integration is sorely lacking. There is an international crisis in finding teachers willing to work long hours for little pay and recognition, graduate school education and medical school education is badly in need of reform, and higher education business model is crumbling under its own weight.

  5. Technological change is happening so quickly, some question the ability of humans to cope and adapt to it.

  6. High tech is creating the need for ever more high touch.

  7. Most of the jobs of the future have yet to be created.

  8. Robotics, AI, VR/AR and other advances will create more jobs than they displace.

  9. Man has to learn how to work with machines, fixing them not fighting them.

  10. Entrepreneurship, i.e. the pursuit of opportunity with scarce resources with the goal of creating user-defined value through the deployment of innovation, needs to be part of the learning goals of every student and program at every educational level. We need entrepreneurial medical schools.

  11. The jobs of the future need to be market responsive.

  12. Teaching technologies should respect different learning styles and be more mass customized.

  13. AI and the 4th industrial revolution will eliminate the need for people to do certain jobs and will fundamentally change how others are directly and indirectly impacted.

  14. The job description of sick care workers are different from those of healthcare workers and require different skills. Here are five strategies for developing a next-gen workforce.

  15. Like all industries, sickcare is becoming more and more of a data driven industry that happens to take care of patients. Computer and data scientists and doctors will increasing have to learn how to speak and understand each other's language. Data literacy in the new Mandarin.

So. what should you do now to find a sickcare job in a recession?

Pick and Choose Your Targets

Concentrate on Growth Industries

Pick your spot

Work Your Network

Sell Yourself

Consider a side hustle

Take a Temporary Position

Sweat the Small Stuff

Stay Positive

Redo your Linkedin profile

Since higher education and the medical education establishment suffers from craniorectal inversion syndrome when it comes to rapidly responding to the new world, expect edupreneurs to create education and training programs to graduate the remote sickcare workforce of the future. If you are interested in being one of those people, follow these principles of entrepreneurship and be sure to you have the word "remote" on your Linkedin profile.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs on Twitter@ArlenMD and Facebook page.

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  • Richard Webber

    Not all heroes wear capes, these people deserve our support and gratitude

  • Kieran Roper

    Thank you to everyone who is working through this.

  • Steve Grantham

    May God bless and protect everyone in the sickcare industry.

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at www.sopenet.org. He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at www.bridgehealth.com and www.cliexa.com and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at www.globalminded.org, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.

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