Expect to see telehealth, the delivery of health-related services via telecommunications technology, as a growing phenomenon beginning in 2012, says InMedica, a market research company for the medical device manufacturers.
And in turn, I believe that will mean more potential work at home jobs for nurses and health care professionals. However, keep in mind that telehealth does not necessarily equal telecommuting. While there are an increasing number of work at home medical jobs, most telehealth jobs are still done from an office setting. But as the number of telephone nursing office jobs grow, so likely will the number telecommuting nurse jobs.
"Telehealth will start to be used by healthcare providers on a wider scale from 2012 onwards. This gives a two to three year window for the current market barriers to be overcome, including demonstrating the benefits of telehealth on a large scale to health insurance companies."
As it is now, insurance companies like UnitedHealth Group and Humana are among nurses' best bets for finding work at home jobs. While there are health care services companies, like McKesson, hiring for work at home nursing jobs, insurance companies need RNs licensed in various states, and utilizing telecommuting nurses can help keep the insurance companies' costs down.
And while this report may sound a bit self-serving from a company that does market research for the medical devices industry, it rings true with me as a consumer of telehealth services. As a Type 1 diabetic I use telehealth services by electronically transmitting blood sugar readings to a website my doctor can access plus a nurse from my health insurance company calls regularly to check on me. Even with health care reform stalled, I'd bet InMedica's forecast is accurate.