How telehealth can help avoid clinician burnout

A telehealth solution supplements a medical facility's on-site provider team, enabling them to dedicate more time to care for their patients.
Tired medical provider

February 01, 2023

A common problem for many hospital systems, especially smaller hospitals or those that staff only one or two physicians in a certain field, is clinician burnout. Not only can burnout in physically-exhausted staff members result in lower performance and more mistakes, but those same physicians can also feel less enthusiastic about caring for their patients, harming their doctor-patient relationships.

If you’re noticing that your clinicians seem tired, stressed, or overwhelmed working in your current system, it may be wise to consider adding telehealth services to your hospital to supplement care and offer staff members a bit of a break.

Lacking Staff Leads to Burnout

Constantly On-Calls

If your hospital only keeps one or two specialists on staff to serve patients, those physicians will end up being on call at all hours of the day or night, leading to a poor work-life balance as well as the aforementioned consequences of clinician burnout.

Rushed to Care for Patients

Especially considering that rural and smaller hospitals are often very understaffed, physicians are often rushed to care for as many patients as possible. While this helps maintain hospital profits, it can leave clinicians exhausted and stretched too thin.

Telehealth Can Resolve These Issues

Supplement Staff

Since telehealth allows specialists to beam in at a moment’s notice, you won’t need to have your current staff constantly on-call, allowing them to have more time for themselves and to focus on other individual patients.

Provide Autonomy Over Patients

When physicians are able to dedicate more time to care for their patients — as telehealth doctors assist with other patients who visit the hospital — they tend to feel as though they have more autonomy and control over their patient’s treatment.

Increased Patient Care

It can be frustrating and discouraging for clinicians to be unable to provide their patients with the proper care in their own hospitals and have to refer them out to other specialists. Telehealth services connect your hospital to top-rated specialists in a matter of minutes, allowing for increased care and a better sense of fulfillment in your current clinicians.

The telehealth services offered by Blue Sky aim to be integrated into your own hospital protocols as well and offer input to improve services and patient care.

Blue Sky Offers Remote Medical Services for Hospitals

At Blue Sky Telehealth, our staff currently includes neurologists, emergency care professionals, pediatric emergency medicine physicians, and hospitalists. We partner with hospitals and other medical facilities, providing them 24/7 access to medical specialty services over the phone and through live-streaming HD video conferencing.

If you would like to learn more about building a Blue Sky Telehealth program in your facility, please contact us today at (303) 900-4258.