Health employment is set to rise by 11.5mn by 2026, report finds
A recent report by The Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a rise in employment roles in the healthcare sector. By 2026, it has stated that roles will increase by 11.5million over the next 10 years, the fastest growth seen for up to a decade.
With ageing populations and escalating costs placing significant strains on healthcare services, rising retirement ages has also seen the demographic of ages of healthcare workers shift. Whilst dominated by a younger workforce in the 1990s, the sector is set to see an increase in older workers, in a pool which is both more diverse and innovative in its ways of working.
The number of baby boomers entering the profession is set to grow to 24.8% in 2026, a rise from 22.4% in 2016 and 16.8% in 2006, the report has added. New digital tools and subsequent transformations in healthcare will further drive the growth of labour productivity, and lead to the creation of new roles.
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The report has highlighted that areas of particular growth will be the goods producing sector, which is set to gain over 200,000 jobs, providing 0.8% annual growth, as well as the social assistance sector, which will provide up to a third of new jobs in the industry.
Additionally, demand for occupational health occupations, in alignment with ageing populations and chronic health conditions, has led to a predicted increase of 7.4% and will contribute for nearly a fifth of all new jobs by 2026.
However, with such increased demands, significant investment will need to be invested into the growth of new and developing roles, both in acute and community settings. Many posts will require high standards of education, as well as the need for sensitivity, confidence and discretion. The number of community focused roles is also set to rise, in line with the majority of citizens wishing to stay in their own homes as they age.
Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline
Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare.
2011 - 2013
Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train.
A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users.
2014 - 2017
Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.
2017 - 2019
Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows.
In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day.
As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world.
Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion.
Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events.
Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.
It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.
In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."
"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care."
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers.