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The Waiting Room Redefined: Exploring the Possibility of Coworking for Doctors

October 20, 2023

From the bustling heart of New York City to the tranquil charm of a small town in rural, midwestern America, an unprecedented revolution is sweeping across the medical landscape. 

That revolution? 

Coworking spaces for doctors. 

Yes, you read it right. 

Gone are the days of doctors being confined to the four walls of a hospital. 

The coworking concept, once largely the domain of freelancers, start-ups, and remote workers, is now beginning to permeate the traditional walls of healthcare.

In a world where the delivery of healthcare is evolving rapidly, driven by telehealth and a heightened focus on patient-centered care, doctors are reconsidering their working environments. 

According to a study published in the Health Affairs Journal, the number of physicians working in private practices decreased from 57% in 2000 to 49% in 2020. And this trend is showing no signs of slowing down, primarily due to rising overheads or traditional corporate real estate, administrative burdens, and the need for more flexibility and freedom. 

This is where coworking spaces come into the picture, offering an attractive alternative for mental health professionals, nutritionists, and functional medicine doctors alike. Coworking spaces provide doctors with a ready-to-use, fully serviced professional environment, allowing them to focus on their core duty - patient care, without the hassles of managing an entire private practice.

But what does this coworking model bring to the table for healthcare professionals that a private practice never could? 

Primarily, coworking spaces offer flexibility and cost-effectiveness. 

In a coworking arrangement, doctors can rent space as and when needed, without the long-term commitment of a traditional lease. This can be beneficial and cost effective as the practice grows. 

Moreover, coworking can promote interdisciplinary collaboration, a critical aspect of holistic patient care, which is a rising trend in the United States. These spaces bring together healthcare professionals from various specialties, encouraging knowledge sharing and fostering a sense of community that can often be lacking in traditional healthcare setups. And with the rise of 'whole patient' care skyrocketing, this is more important than ever if doctors want to stay successful. 

However, as with any novel concept, coworking for doctors is not without its challenges. Confidentiality and privacy are paramount in healthcare. Coworking spaces must adhere to HIPAA regulations and ensure private spaces for patient consultations. Moreover, certain medical practices may require specific equipment or setups that may not be readily available in a standard coworking space.

Yet, these challenges are far from insurmountable. Many coworking spaces, like Venture X, are already rising to the occasion, providing HIPAA compliant environments and flexible spaces that can be adapted to various medical practices.

Take, for instance, Dr. Lisa, a psychologist who shifted from her private practice to a coworking space in San Francisco. She found the coworking environment to be a breath of fresh air, providing a professional yet more comfortable setting for patient therapy sessions. On top of that, the shared reception and administrative services provided by the space eased her management load, allowing her to finally open up spots for new patents. 

Similarly, Dr. Robert, a nutritionist, found his niche in a Boston-based coworking space. The environment facilitated more collaboration with other health practitioners and exposed him to a broader client base, enhancing his practice, and expertise. 

The examples of Dr. Lisa and Dr. Robert are just the tip of the iceberg in what's shaping up to be a significant shift in healthcare. Coworking spaces for doctors are redefining the "waiting room," creating an environment that fosters flexibility, collaboration, and patient-centered care.

Coworking spaces for doctors signal a promising direction in the evolving landscape of healthcare. By providing a flexible, collaborative, and patient-centric environment, they have the potential to transform the delivery of health services. As we venture into the future, the fusion of coworking and healthcare could well be the shot in the arm that reinvigorates the medical practice, offering benefits for doctors and patients alike.

At Venture X, we are proud to be welcoming our doors to doctors in an array of specialties, from mental health to nutrition. 

Private offices at Venture X are ideal for Doctors looking to work in a collaborative community but with access to an enclosed space to call their own. The Private Office option is an ideal flexible space solution for growing teams because it provides a sense of autonomy within the larger community. 

Teams can work on sensitive projects in the privacy of their enclosed spaces and take breaks in the community area. With a floor-to-ceiling glass wall that faces the community, private offices feel open but are insulated for sound and offer visual privacy on three sides. Our offices can accommodate one to ten-member teams and are accessible 24/7.