Hastened by the COVID-19 pandemic, there exists a continuing paradigm shift in healthcare with organizations looking for opportunities to bring care closer to their patients. Across the country, programs have been implemented to help move quality hospital care to individual homes.
According to a 2022 Environmental Scan by the American Hospital Association, care delivered in at-home settings is expected to increase considerably before 2029. Over the next several years, home-based services are expected to rise by at least 15%. Due to this measurable expansion in remote care, patients need more care options outside the traditional hospital setting.
For radiology technologists and departments, that means making imaging scans more accessible by bringing services directly to the consumer, wherever they live. As imaging moves closer to the patient, technologists have also shifted their approach to work.
Change the Way You Work
According to a report by Transparency Market Research, the global market valuation of mobile imaging services is projected to reach $16.05 BN by 2027. Yet, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an 8.5% understaffing of radiology departments, according to a 2019 Radiologic Sciences Staffing and Workplace survey by ASRT. Many hospital employees’ exhaustion and overworked schedules drove this attrition. In 2022, ultrasound technologists have more options for where they choose to work, and how they choose to work.
The immense rise in mobile imaging means that the future of the industry supports the movement toward alternative care settings, with patients’ homes now serving as effective locations, in addition to free-standing ERs and ambulatory service centers. There is a high demand for technologists who work outside hospitals, and now that care has shifted to the home, you have another option for diversifying the way you work. Rather than working from the same location every day, or even the same type of facility, you can broaden your skills and experiences with at-home care.
Roshal’s “gig economy” approach supports ultrasound technologists who want to work outside of a typical hospital schedule by offering on-call-only shifts and supporting alternative facilities. And, the transition to at-home diagnostic imaging affords even more advantages for this type of work.
Here are 3 benefits of working with an at-home diagnostic imaging provider like Roshal.
3 Reasons to Consider Technologist Work in At-Home Settings
1. Reach More Patients
There are many reasons why a patient might need mobile imaging services brought to their home: advanced age, access to reliable transportation, or an at-risk condition that prevents them from visiting a hospital. These patients deserve the same quality of care that they would normally receive at a standard care facility, and healthcare organizations have a responsibility to provide that high-quality service.
With Roshal, you can reach patients who would otherwise miss out on scans that could have a life-changing impact on their health journey. By working in a patient’s home, you directly create close and compassionate connections by understanding more about who they are as people, and better serving their medical needs.
2. Gain a Change of Pace
Nearly 60% of radiologic technologists and technicians work in a traditional hospital setting – these roles typically require a steady 8:00-5:00 schedule, with potential overtime hours. If you prefer a more spontaneous and flexible daily schedule, Roshal’s on-call employment model can meet this need.
While you must prepare to go to work at any time of the day or night, our imaging technologists find that this is a fair tradeoff for their increased flexibility. You can have more time to focus on the non-work parts of your life, such as taking care of your family, exercising, spending time with friends, or even just getting more sleep. This type of role caters to a mobile lifestyle and the ability to have autonomous control over your schedule.
With at-home care settings added to your rotation, you benefit from even more variety, moving from home to home rather than from facility to facility. Experience both a change of pace and a change of scenery with this new option.
3. Apply New Technology Skills
As an industry, radiology generates perpetual technological evolution. Through advancements in techniques like artificial intelligence and machine learning-driven models, you have plentiful opportunities to apply front-line and innovative expertise to your daily work.
With more and more emerging trends in medical imaging like handheld systems and AI, it’s important to take what you’ve learned in the hospital setting and apply it to in-home care. By diversifying your skill set through these new technologies, you can prepare yourself for additional career opportunities in your future.
Roshal is committed to delivering the highest quality in imaging services by following the latest industry trends and standards, as well as maintaining high-level credentials. When you work with us, we equip you with the tools and knowledge to complete scans in the home with the same level of accuracy and efficiency found in hospitals.
Want to Know More About Working for Roshal?
Are you prepared to expand your radiology skill set while gaining more control over your work schedule? Ready to take the next step toward a technologist career with Roshal Imaging? Check out our Careers page to see our latest openings or contact us to get in touch with a member of our team.