Work/ Life Balance Opportunities
Telemedicine work is particularly attractive to a younger generation of providers, says Green. "The virtual visit provider could help recruit more young physicians to be primary care," he says. "Nowadays you can do anything online. Now medicine is caught up to that and we're enabling that. Doing something new in medicine attracts me and some of the other providers."
Green measures provider satisfaction and says the nurses and physicians are happy. Carena physician Bob Bernstein, MD, says telemedicine offers work/ life balance opportunities.
"For me personally, I'm part of a two-career household with children, and the flexibility and scheduling shifts has been a great boon for my lifestyle" says Bernstein.
Telemedicine has significant reimbursement challenges as well as licensing and credential hurdles that are likely to complicate its universal acceptance for payment. But as health systems like Franciscan Health and KentuckyOne open up access to telemedicine, patients may drive the demand for it. That always tends to speed things up.