Do to my health I am trying to look for Telehealth or telecommuting work. I dont know where to start. I am also willing to be a chart auditor - anything that would let me work from home.
I am asking for any tips on how to best find this work, and or advice from those that are doing that kind of work now.
Has anyone here ever worked a position that was purely telemedicine (ie. completely remote/practicing from anywhere). I was wondering if any of these U.S. positions are feasible to do from overseas in locations where PAs have not been adopted into the healthcare system locally. Some of the job descriptions sound like they could potentially be done completely remotely. Curious if anyone has had experience with this and what it was like.
The mammoth organization I work for is unbelievably heavy into promoting telemedicine.
I am appalled and do not EVER want to participate in it - ever.
I am old school and love the hands on and the gut feeling I get when I enter the room.
Strep has an odor.
Mono has an odor.
Lungs have sounds...........................
Nothing can replace the feeling of grasping a swollen calf or checking for pitting edema.
So, I feel it is being forced on me in my organization and is being heavily advertised to employers as a way to keep employees from leaving work but letting them AND their families have affordable healthcare.
The concept - a private room at the employers site with a skype type set up and "maybe" an MA on site - I guess vitals are optional or they will just leave the DynaMap in the room for the patient to play with........
Anyway, we are supposed to see the patient via video and have 2 way audio to ask questions. Then - diagnose and suggest treatment and send in Rxs.
I am overwhelmingly against this idea and would never want to compromise my medical ethics or integrity in the name of the almighty dollar - it is advertised as "patient centric and friendly" but there is writing between the lines.
Some companies have even hired a new admin position (wow, we need more admins) that is the VP of Telemedicine or some other lovely title.
So, let the discussion begin. Does anyone have experience with this? What is the thought process? Are students being taught about this currently?
If we are opposed to it - how does one address it within the scope of practice and still keep a job?