The coronavirus pandemic continues to make headlines. Cases rose in October and November just as cold and flu season began. Healthcare systems, such as hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices, continue to feel the strain of the extra burden the pandemic is causing. Today’s blog from Bryan University explains how COVID-19 continues to change allied health careers.
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Higher Demand for Allied Health Workers
As cases spike, allied health workers are in high demand to meet the strain of more patients in clinics, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. Everyone from lab technicians and nurses to medical assistants and medical billing and coding specialists are needed to meet the surge of cases.
Yes, there is a fear of being exposed to the coronavirus among allied health workers. However, healthcare agencies take into account employee health at the office. Regular screenings and temperature checks are performed on a daily basis, both for allied health workers and patients entering healthcare facilities. Anyone with a temperature that’s too high can’t come in.
Telehealth and virtual visits continue to rise in popularity. Allied health agencies and organizations tout virtual appointments and consultations via smartphones and mobile devices that are readily available to patients.
Online interactions with a doctor or care team must comply with HIPAA privacy regulations. These include having a secure connection and keeping patient information safe from possible intrusions.
Changes in Basic Duties
Medical assistants are being called upon to expand their duties to include other tasks because of the surge in demand for clinical staff. Medical assistants have a wide range of duties, but they don’t typically handle childcare or food preparation. Because of the strain on the healthcare system, staffers need extra help at childcare centers because there are so many doctors and nurses working. Ordinary support staff, such as food preparation for home health agencies, don’t have time to perform basic duties.
Focus on Mental Wellness
As you can imagine, the added strain on allied health means extra stress and anxiety for workers. Compassion fatigue, burnout, and depression are becoming more common among workers due to the labor shortage. Make sure you take time for yourself and relax when you can. The pandemic is stressful enough, and patients rely on compassionate workers to help them to heal faster.
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School of Allied Health at Bryan University
Bryan University offers classes for the medical field through our School of Allied Health. Interested in jumpstarting your career in this vibrant industry? Call Bryan University toll-free at 1-855-862-0755 or enroll now to find out more details.