In order to recruit more expertise, leading healthcare institutions and hospital chains give physicians flexible job opportunities at a time when there is a lack of medical professionals in the middle of increasing patient visitation and increasing non-Covid workload.
In an attempt to recruit and retain physicians and patients, Apollo Clinics, Fortis Healthcare, and Max Healthcare are among those implementing numerous flexible work opportunities for doctors, including work-from-home (WFH) solutions for some specialties, and decongesting hospitals.
Hospitals are focusing on a range of new versatile types of work that will be phased out in the next few months. “In the country, there is a huge dearth of medical talent and WFH can really help the medical field,” SV Kiran, head of Apollo Hospitals HR, said.
Even when things open up, many specialties can be moved to remote job opportunities in radiology, laboratory, endocrinology, preventive healthcare, palliative healthcare and chronic diseases, said Kiran, who is working on a proposal to give doctors a variety of versatile options. Also with most specialty doctors, part work from the hospital and part from home would be a hybrid style.
The hospital chains are prompted by a mix of factors to sell doctors versatility. Top hospital managers said this would encourage them to tap into a previously unreached talent pool of young doctors who want to follow their studies at the same time and do not want to spend time in the everyday commute, female doctors who have not entered hospitals because of family commitments and many general practitioners.
Doctors have adapted to post-Covid technologies very easily and many of them would like to operate remotely, experts said. “To achieve this we have the technology. It is comfortable and safe for doctors and patients and provides hospitals with greater use of capacity,” Kiran added.
Certain follow-on tests may also be carried out electronically with specialties such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, cardiology, and those who include physical appearance.
In the next 2-3 months, we will roll out a job from home for a certain cohort of doctors,” Max Healthcare’s chief people officer, Umesh Gupta, said. “Initially, the WFH solution will be for junior doctors and we will also come up with various versatile alternatives for senior doctors,” he said. Industry experts said until the pandemic began, many doctors were not comfortable witnessing the pandemic.”