Historically, medical jobs have been on-site only. But the number of healthcare careers that you can do from home has grown rapidly, for a number of reasons. First, increasing numbers of people are needed to fill gaps left by a lack of nurses and other medical care experts. Second, technology is allowing us to outsource more work.
This means that there are more opportunities available. And it’s not just data entry or secretarial jobs. There are positions that require real medical expertise. That’s what this guide is all about. First, we take a look at the general jobs you can do from home for medical clinics.
Afterward, we address the question of how you could put a medical degree to use in telehealth. With the growth of the industry, now specialists like neurologists and urologists can work from home too. Even family practice doctors can work from home and have more patients than they had previously.
Table of Contents:
- 1 Who Can Work from Home?
- 2 Telehealth Jobs That You Can Do from Home
- 3 Work-from-Home Medical Jobs
Who Can Work from Home?
Working from home is something that millions dream of doing one day. Being able to work when you want, where you want, and dressed how you want is incredibly appealing. In a way, it’s like being your own boss (although that isn’t without its pitfalls). On balance, though, it is a great idea for most types of people.
Before you get started, though, you have to make sure you’re the right kind of person to work from home. You have to have certain skills and qualities.
Let’s take a look at what those are.
- You have to be able to find motivation within yourself. As Monster makes clear, being your own boss isn’t an excuse to slack off.
- You have to be comfortable working with more distractions around you than usual. This could be a family member watching TV, or the noisy environment in a coffee shop (if that’s where you want to do your work).
- You have to be a good organizer. Organizing your family life around your work is more difficult if you work from home. It’s on your mind throughout the day, instead of just between 9-5.
- You have to be comfortable and confident with technology. The majority of at-home jobs require you to work with a laptop or PC, using a word processor or spreadsheet software.
It’s still possible to work from home even if you don’t tick all of these boxes. However, your life will be a lot easier if you do. You might want to consider brushing up on these skills before you get started.
Telehealth Jobs That You Can Do from Home
Even though these don’t necessarily require a full medical degree, they still need expertise. They’re excellent examples of how you can work from home for pharmaceutical companies or medical clinics.
1) Medical Audio Typist
Audio typists are specialists at typing: people who can type quickly and accurately. There are a number of ways to be a typist. You can listen ‘live’, like a typist in court. Alternatively, you can work from home, transcribing audio files on a home computer or laptop. You can do the job any time, anywhere. That being said, there’s normally a time by which the transcriptions are needed.
- Typing up clinical letters to be sent out
- Typing up notes on patient appointments, tests, operations and other procedures
- Typing up memos that doctors or nurses have made, and want to be transcribed
Medical transcription jobs do not involve secretarial duties. That’s a separate job. It’s possible to work solely on transcribing documents. That’s why you don’t necessarily need qualifications. However, you absolutely do have to be a fast typer. This is most often expressed in terms of words per minute. You may have to pass a test of some kind to prove how fast and how accurately you type.
2) Virtual Medical Secretary Jobs
Secretaries have traditionally worked on-site. This is because, historically, the job has involved meeting and greeting as well as typing and organizing. However, most secretarial jobs today do not necessarily involve greeting anybody arriving on-site.
Far more important are the organizational duties that they perform. Medical secretaries can, therefore, perform the same duties as medical audio typists. This includes typing up letters and memos for future use. However, they also perform additional, secretarial duties.
- Making and answering phone calls
- Reading, answering and sending emails
- Adding important dates to an office diary
- Acting as a liaison between patients and the office
- Administrative tasks like managing a work rota
- Taking notes and minutes of meetings
- Managing waiting lists
- Occasionally providing on-site cover for secretaries and PAs in their absence
Contrary to popular belief, secretarial jobs are not easy. It takes real skill to manage the operation of a medical clinic. A good secretary is often the difference between a successful clinic and one that routinely lets patients down. As such, even for at-home jobs, experience and qualifications are usually required. These include secretarial diplomas and other specialized qualifications in management.
Again, you also have to be a quick typer to be considered for a position like this. That means being able to comfortably type with both hands, each of your fingers and sometimes your thumb. All this takes is practice, although there are courses available.
3) Medical Data Entry Home Jobs
Data entry is something that’s easy to learn but hard to master. If you’re not familiar with data entry, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a basic job in which you read documents and transcribe the data you find into spreadsheet software. It’s simple but incredibly important to the overall functioning of a hospital or medical clinic.
- Working with familiar spreadsheet software, typically Excel. You may also work with accounting software
- Updating and maintaining important patient records
- Processing data, e.g. graphing or compiling statistics
- Researching, i.e. by finding further documentation to complete a data set
- Receiving, scanning and sending documents
You don’t need qualifications to work as a data entry clerk. However, any qualification in administration or working with data would be of benefit. Depending on the role, your employer may also prefer if you are familiar with medical terms and data already.
4) Call Handler
Working on a telephone is a job you can do from anywhere. That’s why, historically, freelance telephone interview jobs have been common. Today, there are a huge variety of jobs you can do, and all you need is a phone.
- Lead generation for a B2B or B2C sales company
- Customer service for any business that needs it
- Interviewing new hires for a business
- Answering calls and forwarding them to the most relevant department of a business
Each one of these jobs is potentially something you could do for a medical clinic or hospital. They’re also perfect for anybody with a disability: all you have to do is use the phone. Responsibilities include whatever the employer needs you to do from the list above. It depends on the department you work for, and the purpose of the role.
You don’t need any qualifications to be a call handler. However, you do need a good ‘phone manner’. You have to be confident and professional at all times, especially for lead generation and customer service. Overall, you have to be polite and friendly. That’s all you need for success, which makes this a perfect entry-level job.
Independent medical clinics are businesses, and they run like businesses. Like any business, they need to keep their accounts up to date, and they need to pay their taxes. That’s why they need accountants. A large proportion of accountants work as consultants and have a wide range of clients; you can choose either your own office or to work from home.
Being the accountant for a medical clinic is the same as working for any other business. You keep their accounts up to date and file paperwork. You also have to make sure that the clinic pays the correct amount of tax—and no more than necessary. It’s a typical job, the only difference is that you work from home. Rather than liaising face-to-face, you keep your employer updated over the phone and through email.
- Balancing taxes to ensure that the company pays the required minimum
- Keeping track of invoices and payments
- Managing wages and the wage structure of the organization
- Liaising with heads of department to ensure that the business is cost effective
There are a number of qualifications that American accountants can earn. Some are more common than others. The qualification of CPA (Certified Public Accountant) is the most common. You can earn this through a degree in finance or accounting.
Other qualifications include:
- CMA (Institute of Management Accountants’ Certified Management Accountant);
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA);
- Association of Chartered Accountants (ACA);
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ Certificate in Business Accounting (CIMA Cert BA);
- Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Your employer may require any one of these qualifications. Check the job description and requirements to see which you need.
6) Account Manager
If you didn’t know better, you might think that an accountant and an account manager are the same. They aren’t. Account managers are responsible for meeting the customer service needs of some or all of a business’ customers/clients. The account manager is the first and most important point of contact for any client. Account managers are therefore an essential cog in any organization, especially B2B.
In some industries, the account manager may be responsible for several hundred clients. An example job in the medical industry might be working for a manufacturer of medical products or medicines. You would be responsible for sales to, and customer service for, any clinic or hospital that purchases your products. This is the basis of most work home medical billing jobs.
As you might imagine, it’s possible to do this job from home. If the majority of your clients are national rather than regional, then the majority of your contact with them is going to be over the phone or through email.
- Increasing sales to hit targets set by your employer
- Cross-selling in order to sell more to existing clients
- Calling prospective clients in order to sell more products
- Managing customer service, and in some cases, meeting targets here too (i.e. satisfaction rates)
If you have prior experience, you may not need a qualification. However, the majority of positions require a candidate with a degree in something like business administration or marketing.
Work-from-Home Medical Jobs
The next section of our guide covers jobs that require real medical experience or qualifications. These jobs are best performed by doctors, pharmacologists, qualified accountants and marketing gurus.
Let’s take a look at the medical jobs you can do from home if you have the qualifications to back yourself up.
7) Medical Writer
Writing is a classic work-at-home job. You can write when you want, wherever you want: at home, at the in-laws, at a crowded coffee shop or on the beach. Of course, it’s not always going to be cocktails in the sun. Good writing is hard work and demands attention. That being said, medical writing isn’t like creative writing. There are two key kinds: educational and technical.
Educational writing is the simpler of the two. With educational medical writing, you teach others what you know or what you can learn. This could be on any medical topic you could think of. This is the kind of medical writing that’s best for people who enjoy writing and have a basic medical background.
If you have a work history either as a physician, a researcher or a pharmacist, you could find work as a technical writer. It takes skill and sound medical knowledge to do technical writing. This could include summarizing research, writing for conferences, writing information about new drugs and similar tasks.
- Managing your own time
- Writing to deadlines
- Finding and applying for work, if you’re a freelance medical writer
If you write journalistic pieces, you don’t need qualifications. The same goes for any writing for the purpose of marketing. Technical writing, however, is specialized and difficult if you don’t have the qualifications to back yourself up. You might need a medical degree related to the topic at hand, for example. Other useful qualifications include any courses on writing, either online or in real life.
8) Telehealth Registered Nurse Jobs
Registered nurse jobs are, of course, normally on site. But it’s possible to perform some—even most—of the same duties from home. This relatively new change is revolutionizing the way that nurses work. It’s also making more and more jobs available, where previously they weren’t viable.
Telehealth RNs offer a number of services to patients. The first of these is, essentially, counseling over the phone. In this role, the nurse can talk to and reassure their patient or patients. This was the original role of telehealth RNs; but today, they can monitor patients effectively using computers, audio and visual tools, and over the telephone.
The tools needed are simple:
- A home PC
- A telephone
- VOIP software, like Skype
The patient can contact their nurse whenever they’re in need. The nurse can then instruct the patient on what to do next (e.g. dressing a minor wound). Unbelievably, even triage nurses can work from home. This is done over the phone, and the triage telehealth nurse can play a vital role in monitoring oxygen levels, heart rate and the like.
- Making routine checks of heart rate, blood pressure and so on
- Advising patients on how they can treat a wound (and similar minor problems)
- Monitoring patient health using a variety of technological tools during triage
To become a nurse, you do require excellent qualifications. These can include either an associate’s degree, a diploma or a bachelor’s degree. This proves that you have the knowledge necessary in order to treat patients.
However, you then need to obtain an actual license by sitting the NCLEX-RN. This is the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. You’ll need these qualifications whether you work on-site or at home.
9) Telehealth Jobs for Physicians
Telemedicine has exploded in popularity, and as such, it’s increasingly being taken up by clinics and hospitals to replace visits and physical check-ups. Businesses such as Doctor on Demand and Teladoc have filled much of that gap in the market.
According to VSee, these services offer the exact same service as a general physician. The only difference is that care is delivered through apps. Let’s take a look at what’s available.
Telehealth Interpreting Physician Jobs
Let’s say you’re a neurologist looking for a telehealth job. Medical review specialist work from home is an option. Telehealth neurology is a recent trend which helps general physicians at relatively small clinics and hospitals get expert advice from trained neurologists. This helps speed up the diagnostic process and ensures correct treatment. As a teleneurologist, you could work either for one particular clinic or for many.
Telehealth Psychiatry Jobs
Next up, psychiatry and counseling are obvious telehealth choices. If you specialize in psychiatry, it’s relatively easy to do over the phone or through video chat. Responsibilities include everything that an on-site psychiatrist would do:
- General outpatient psychiatry
- Diagnostic evaluations
- Managing individuals with a range of mental health issues
In a typical position, you work for an employer with a number of branches. You provide telehealth psychiatry services to each branch from a central location. This could be either at home or at a central site.
Other Telehealth Jobs for Physicians
As telemedicine expands, so too do the needs for it. As such, you can expect to find at least some jobs no matter what your specialization. This applies to:
…And more. The only obvious exceptions are for surgeons and similar. Even if you can’t find any open positions for your specialty right now, no doubt there will be more available in the future.
How Can I Become a Telemedicine Physician?
There are a number of ways to find telehealth work as a qualified physician. The most obvious is to simply search job boards for telehealth positions. There aren’t many, but the fact that you work from home means that you can accept jobs from employers further away. This gives you a number of options whenever you search for positions.
You could also consider signing up for one of the many available telehealth service apps.
These include the following:
- Doctor on Demand
- Amwell (American Well)
There are many more to choose from, but these are some of the most popular. Rates vary between each app. However, you can expect something in the region of $40-50 per consultation (minus a fee). You can choose to work either part time or full time. At the very least, there are now more jobs doctors can do from home than ever.