On May 11th, the COVID-19 pandemic Public Health Emergency (PHE) was declared over. Throughout the pandemic, the healthcare industry adapted to the many transitions and struggles needed in order to sustain emergency responses. One of many was the demand for new digital strategies, which has since resulted in telemedicine, at-home testing, and prescription deliveries. Digital health held a record-breaking year in 2021, banking $21.9 billion, but now that the PHE has come to an end, what is in store for telehealth?

Many believe telemedicine will continue to make strides, however, we will likely see some limitations in places that were previously more flexible. For instance, prescribing prescriptions over the phone or Internet, without an in-person consultation might come to an end. There is also an issue with accessibility, many patients may not have access to a private internet connection, especially those older in age or living in low-income environments.

Nevertheless, telemedicine as a whole will definitely remain in play for many acute and chronic conditions. Because of these adaptations, new and current healthcare professionals will certainly be required to participate in additional training and adjust to learning curves when it pertains to logistics. As telehealth continues to advance, its influence on the healthcare industry will also grow. The United States remains the leading market in telehealth services, as more and more states update their healthcare laws accordingly. This is especially beneficial to patients who are either too sick or physically impaired to visit an office in-person.

Technology has changed the game in more ways than one in almost every industry, but it is completely evolving the healthcare sector. Its influence is one to continue adjusting to as the years progress. If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, connect with us on LinkedIn or browse our open jobs!

Tech Pros with Certifications Earn More

If you’re an IT professional and want to double that raise you got (who doesn’t?) learn a new skill or earn a certification.

That’s what Global Knowledge discovered when it surveyed tech workers around the world. The training firm won’t release its 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report until later this summer, but it gave everyone a preview of some of the key findings. Among them is the financial impact of training.

Global Knowledge found the average raise for tech professionals this year is right around 6%, which translates to a bump of just about $5,000. But those who learned a new skill earned nearly $12,000 more and those who obtained a new certification got almost $13,000 more.

“The reason for a raise impacts the amount of the raise,” says Global Knowledge. “Twelve percent of individuals who received a raise attribute it to developing new skills that were of added value. Those same individuals earned nearly $12,000 more this year compared to 2019.

“IT professionals who attribute their raise to obtaining a new certification experienced a salary bump of nearly $13,000.”

This isn’t just a one-survey wonder. Global Knowledge has surveyed tech workers since 2008 finding that those with new certifications nearly always are rewarded with a bigger than average raise. In North America tech pros with at least one certification typically earns 8% more than those with no certifications. Those with 6 or more certifications get an even bigger pay bump, earning $13,000 more than those with just one.

The reason for the difference is simple: The more skills a person has, the more productive they can be and thus more valuable. This is especially significant in tech where, as Global Knowledge says, two-thirds of IT decision-makers believe the lack of necessary skills – the skills gap – is costing between 3 and 9 hours of productivity a week.

That explains why this year Global Knowledge found a 36% jump in managers approving IT training. When training is available, 80% of managers are now giving workers the OK. On the other hand, 20% are still saying “No” to training.

According to Global Knowledge those 1-in-5 managers worry that taking time to train will negatively impact work and cause a loss of productivity. But, as the company’s report preview points out, that dip will be short-term, while not having people with all the right skills is a long-term impact.

Trying to fill the skills gap by hiring talent is so difficult that 69% of IT managers have multiple open positions. Nearly all have at least one opening.

Photo by Wes Hicks