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Modern Trends in the Healthcare Field

It’s no secret that the healthcare field is rapidly changing. With the baby boomer generation aging and millennial workers joining the healthcare ranks, there are some significant modern trends in the healthcare field today.

A primary trend is a shortage of skilled health IT professionals. Today, most medical records and other hospital proceedings are taking place online. However, there are not enough IT professionals present to keep up with the demand.

As healthcare continues, the need for highly skilled talent also increases, so this is a worrisome trend that has appeared. While there are a significant number of opportunities in this area, pay scales will have to increase in order to attract people to go into these fields.

Another trend is healthcare facilities preparing for the ACA. From huge hospitals to even small family practices, healthcare businesses are focusing on how the ACA is going to affect their daily operations, patients, and the bottom line.

Communicating effectively and reaching out are going to be key factors. Administrators will need to inform their employees and patients about any changes in coverage, access to care, and benefits as the ACA becomes a larger part of healthcare.

There are going to be more opportunities for specialty training and some of these opportunities already exist. The pending shortage in physicians and an overall increase in demand for healthcare practitioners are going to lead to greater opportunities for PAs, PTs, specialty nurses, and NPs. Employment of just physician assistants is expected to grow 30% in the next ten years, which is significantly higher than any other field of employment.

These are some of the primary trends happening in healthcare today. With huge changes in internet technology, the Affordable Care Act, and an increased demand for practitioners, the healthcare field is changing rapidly to meet new demands and adjust to patient care.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Larry says:

    this trend isn’t specific to healthcare, Wingrove said. Many industries are facing some huge challenges, not least of which is seeing a serious increase in the number of older people – the baby boomers – backing out of the workforce. issues arise when organizations, in particular those in the healthcare realm, have skilled senior people as opposed to “generalists. “They’re looking to retain that experience, he said. So there’s a bit of tension there. You have people who are skilled managerial staff and are generalists who you can replace more easily, and then you have senior people. Retaining experience is critical, and in some fields, like healthcare, “we’re not seeing sufficient talent come through.

  2. Mary says:

    I have noticed some of these trends over the last couple of years, like the fact that you have to have three or four different doctors just to do what one doctor used to be able to do. Whatever happened to the general practitioner that could solve any problem and then the only other doctor you saw was an occasional surgeon. Great post thank you for sharing.

  3. Monty says:

    While today’s news is bombarding us with headlines about Healthcare.gov, the Affordable Care Act isn’t just about insurance coverage. The legislation is also about transforming the way health care is provided. Consequently, it has ushered in new competitors, services and business practices, which are in turn generating substantial industry shifts that affect all players along health care’s value chain. It’s no secret that providers are moving quickly to implement accountable care organizations (ACOs). Recently, the Premier healthcare alliance released a survey of hospital executives projecting that ACO participation will nearly double in 2014. As providers work to improve their way to shared savings payments, look for a more intensive focus on the biggest health care consumers: those with multiple chronic conditions.

  4. James says:

    Your 2014 agenda: Exchanges, Medicaid expansion, and consolidation. With mid-term elections, insurance exchanges (love them or hate them), provider consolidation, cost management, and an economy that is growing slowly, this all points to an interesting year. I suppose it helps to keep an eye out for the trends for 2015, and the areas that management should keep an eye on. If you stay privy to this rapidly changing field, you may the early bird for a good job. I wonder if having technical / computer skills can help you get an administrative or tech job in this field.

  5. Ross says:

    Back in the mid 1990’s, when hospitals and other medical facilities were still storing paper medical records, My friend and I had an idea to scan medical records into digital format. I guess we could say we might have been innovators in the medical field because today, all medical facilities are networked via computer and all medical records are stored in the cloud. The universal use of digital record keeping certainly has to be creating a big demand for IT professionals and this gives unemployed webmasters and developers a second life.

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