Technology | 09.14.20
Replace Legacy Healthcare Staffing With a Vertical Marketplace for Workers
TechCrunch (09/15/20) Fluhr, Jeff
Throughout the pandemic, there have been dramatic swings in the demand for healthcare nationwide. While hospitals in some cities have been overwhelmed by an influx of coronavirus patients, others have sat largely empty as patients postponed elective surgeries and other non-life-threatening care. The article's author contends the COVID-19 crisis has exposed systemic vulnerabilities and shown a need for new regulations to allow for a more fluid movement of clinicians across state lines. He advocates a vertical labor marketplace that would facilitate a more rapid response to care needs and more efficient matching. Such marketplaces can leverage the power of the Internet to connect supply with demand — the clinicians make up the supply while the care facilities comprise the demand. Instead of scouring job boards for individual hospitals or fielding recruiters' calls, clinicians can see all available jobs that meet their skills and experience along with other details like pay. Such marketplaces also create financial opportunities for underutilized clinicians by better allocating their labor to places that need them.
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