We Are Facing a Healthcare Crisis

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(Newswire.net — February 14, 2024) — Data shows hospitals lost 2.47% of their workforce in 2022. Last year, hospital turnover increased by 6.4%, with hospitals suffering as a result. The reality is that we are witnessing a turnover crisis in the healthcare industry.

Why is this happening? And what can be done to retain and develop clinicians?

“We are not witnessing a shortage of healthcare workers, we are witnessing a turnover crisis in the healthcare industry. Even before the pandemic, we were seeing a higher number of physicians leave the industry earlier in their careers than was typical. Still, the pandemic accelerated this turnover by creating a pressure cooker environment. All of the “little” things that were making the jobs miserable, like the excess paperwork, lack of autonomy, and excessive overscheduling, became magnified as physicians were left facing a global pandemic with a lack of resources and support. This led to over 20% of our clinical workforce leaving healthcare entirely, with another 20% reporting plans to leave,” explains DoorSpace CEO Sarah M. Worthy.

The cost of turnover can have a profound impact on diminishing hospital margins.

“It takes eight to ten years of education and training to become a physician. When physicians leave or plan to leave in a period of two to three years, we know there’s a problem. The reality is we need to better support our healthcare workers. They also shouldn’t be spending hours of their day doing mindless, excessive, and redundant paperwork, they shouldn’t be overworked and the administrative processes should run smoother and more efficiently to combat this turnover crisis we are seeing.”

This is where DoorSpace comes in.

DoorSpace is delivering the next generation of healthcare professional development software through their innovative, people-centric, cloud-based solution that helps healthcare professionals get back to what’s important: helping their patients and themselves. 

Based in Houston, Texas, DoorSpace is transforming the way healthcare organizations retain and develop clinical talent by bringing personnel, administration monitoring, and organization systems together in a user-friendly platform that streamlines healthcare processes. DoorSpace is making work better for the people who make a difference.

To address this crisis, innovative solutions focusing on the well-being and retention of healthcare workers are urgently needed. Many experts suggest implementing comprehensive support systems that go beyond the physical demands of the job. Mental health support, flexible working arrangements, and professional development opportunities can play a crucial role in alleviating the stress and burnout that many healthcare professionals experience. By fostering a more supportive and understanding workplace culture, hospitals can improve retention rates and attract new talent to the field.

Technology can be a powerful tool in streamlining cumbersome administrative tasks that currently burden healthcare workers. The adoption of advanced healthcare technologies, such as electronic health records (EHRs) and AI-driven diagnostic tools, can significantly reduce the time spent on paperwork, allowing clinicians more time to focus on patient care. This not only improves job satisfaction but also enhances the quality of care provided to patients. By investing in technology and training, healthcare institutions can create a more efficient and satisfying working environment for their staff.

Policy changes at the national and institutional levels are essential to address systemic issues contributing to the healthcare turnover crisis. This includes revising reimbursement models that undervalue certain medical services, improving workplace safety standards, and ensuring adequate staffing levels to prevent overwork. By taking a holistic approach to the problem, incorporating feedback from healthcare workers themselves, and implementing targeted interventions, the healthcare industry can begin to mitigate the turnover crisis and ensure a stable, resilient workforce for the future.