Healthcare is moving faster than ever. Technology is changing the way care is administered, and patients continue to seek out more affordable options.
The future of healthcare looks bright, but a lot of work must be done before we get there. The Women in Healthcare: An Evolving Landscape infographic looks at this female-dominated field, highlighting the wins while examining where gaps still exist.
Leadership is one of those gaps. Women are often found in entry-level positions such as medical assisting and dental assisting, but as the demands on healthcare grow, more administrators and executives will be needed to guide the way.
So how can female healthcare executives make their mark in the coming years? Confidence helps, but embracing and understanding new trends is the true measure of success.
From reaching patients in remote areas to treating non-emergency health issues, virtual care is already addressing some needs. Telephone or video consultations can save time and money and it allows medical facilities to devote more attention to patients who need in-person care.
Healthcare leaders and administrators will need to work to implement virtual care in their organizations, while also educating patients on this new technology.
For decades, healthcare was often about treating what’s already wrong. The Affordable Care Act is partially responsible for changing this philosophy. Insurance providers must now pay for preventive services such as annual checkups and shots. Patients have also begun taking a more proactive approach to their health.
Fast-forward to a few years from now, and preventative care is likely to remain a regular discussion. Those in the healthcare c-suite will need to find ways to best address this new approach in medicine.
Many healthcare providers who have converted their paper-based records to Electronic Health Records (EHR) may feel they can check that box, however, there’s still much more to be done.
Interoperability, which is more than just a buzzword being thrown around, is one key issue healthcare executives will be playing close attention to in the future.
Health information is coming from a wide range of sources—different providers, mobile phones, and wearable devices, to name a few. If these various systems don’t speak to each other, valuable data can’t be analyzed for better outcomes, and patients won’t be able to access a full picture of their healthcare history.
There may be a lot of moving parts, but it’s a great time to be in the healthcare industry, especially as more organizations seek out smart and savvy leaders.
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