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Why should executive search and selection healthcare professionals seek out tech-savvy candidates?

18th September 2017 | Richard Goodall

Why should executive search and selection healthcare professionals seek out tech-savvy candidates?

Executive search and selection health care professionals have the difficult job of getting the best, most experienced candidates to fill high-demand positions. However, due to the movement in technology, it is essential that the candidates are not only highly skilled but are also tech-savvy. Changes in technology The NHS has already begun to check how apps can be used in the future of health care. For example, they are currently building an apps library, including online GP consultations to try to alleviate the pressure on staff and the sheer number of patients. We can now see larger data sets in healthcare research and delivery to analyse and make sense of sequences such as the impact of environmental, behavioral and hereditary factors on health, population health data and patient-generated health data. These can better prepare GP’s and hospitals in certain areas of the world, prepare for the most likely emergencies and create effective contingency plans. We’re now, not only seeing jumps in the technology used to manage and prepare healthcare professionals but also developments in AI and robotics are pushing the boundaries of surgery and operations even further. With developments within surgical robots that can assist in saving lives by performing […]

Executive search and selection health care professionals have the difficult job of getting the best, most experienced candidates to fill high-demand positions. However, due to the movement in technology, it is essential that the candidates are not only highly skilled but are also tech-savvy.

Changes in technology

The NHS has already begun to check how apps can be used in the future of health care. For example, they are currently building an apps library, including online GP consultations to try to alleviate the pressure on staff and the sheer number of patients.
We can now see larger data sets in healthcare research and delivery to analyse and make sense of sequences such as the impact of environmental, behavioral and hereditary factors on health, population health data and patient-generated health data. These can better prepare GP’s and hospitals in certain areas of the world, prepare for the most likely emergencies and create effective contingency plans.
We’re now, not only seeing jumps in the technology used to manage and prepare healthcare professionals but also developments in AI and robotics are pushing the boundaries of surgery and operations even further. With developments within surgical robots that can assist in saving lives by performing intricate surgeries, which are typically riskier when we bring in the possibility of human error.
The future of healthcare focuses on how technology can improve the current system; therefore, we can also expect to see an increase in the use of artificial intelligence, robotics, and 3D printing, just to name a few new methods.

Why are native technology users important for the future of healthcare professionals? 

Due to the rise in technology, one of the best ways healthcare companies can avoid falling behind, is through evolving with the technology. New machinery could increase marketability and ease of certain treatments, so recruiting tech-savvy or native candidates will ensure that they are capable of managing rapid changes within technology and adapt to changes quickly.
Not only should healthcare professionals be familiar with technology in the wider world, but they should also be aware of how technology can improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients and what the future of this looks like. For example, there are mobile applications that support nursing practice, like those that help to monitor a patient’s data and progress while the nurse is on the go.  
Additionally, through utilising technology, healthcare professionals are gaining a competitive edge. For example, an employee who is tech-savvy would have an advantage over other colleagues when it comes to administering systems and deploying new technology. These skills can help when it comes to managing patients data and ensuring this is secure, in order to avoid any further issues with personal data leaks.
Also, it has been mentioned that online services are now challenging the primary care model. People are fed up with having to take time off from work for a few minutes’ consultation. The solution to this could be remote consultations, where the patient is agreeable. The system is already implemented across a number of ‘paid for’ online services, where remote doctors can speak to patients via a web chat system using a video call. For executive search and selection healthcare professionals to prepare for changes such as these to become widespread, they need to implement effective means for testing is candidates are capable of using this remote working method.
Although we can’t be 100% sure of how technology will grow throughout the years, we can make educated predictions based on existing developments and how these are currently used within the healthcare sector. Due to the uncertain future, it is imperative that executive search and selection healthcare professionals are seeking tech-savvy candidates who can keep up with any changes that will ultimately be implemented, whether this is how we speak to patients, books appointments, diagnose or even operate!

At Goodall Brazier, we have a wealth of experience across key specialisms including clinical, operational and development. Contact us now to find out how we can provide advice on how to manage your executive search and selection health care strategy.