Today’s economic marketplace is seeing an increasing prevalence of freelance, short-term contracts. But will that focus eventually come to health care? Sy Mukherjee, writing for Fortune, thinks so according to a recent article highlighting a new startup, Nomad Health.
Nomad Health’s model is based on that of companies such as Airbnb, but with an angle that focuses on employers rather than consumers. The company functions as a gig system of medical staffing that connects physicians and nurses with openings at hospitals that need shorter term help.
Nomad Health is rapidly expanding, capitalizing on the gig economy’s momentum and working to do its part to patch the wounds caused by the physician/nurse shortage that the United States’ health care system is facing:
It [Nomad] already has a system in place to match doctors from certain specialties (including internal and emergency medicine) who are looking for freelance work with hospitals that need the extra manpower. Nomad even takes care of the back-end insurance paperwork. Now, it’s expanding its platform to include certified nurses throughout the country who are seeking short-term positions with participating Texas hospitals.
Whether Nomad’s model continues to grow, only time will tell. But as of now, it is a novel approach to providing quality care for patients in a time wherein health care is fraught with issues from all sides.