In the early stages of the pandemic, healthcare organizations made do with what they had. Bed shortages and widespread staffing issues made front-page news, and alternative care models scaled rapidly to accommodate the growing need.
In fact, by the end of 2020, travel nursing grew 35 percent, and ambulatory care was one of the fastest growing and highest-margin segments of the healthcare industry that year. However, the pandemic didn’t introduce these issues or alternatives, it simply accelerated trends that were in the works long before COVID-19.
With the recent end of the federal public health emergency, the industry is in the midst of defining what a new “new normal” might look like. With more opportunity for reflection, we have a chance to make it a better normal, rather than a return to business as usual. Said differently — as an industry, are we looking to build a new future or simply rebuild the past?
RLDatix’s Vice President of Compliance Solutions, Kenneth Slifer, offers some clarity about how we can move forward in an increasingly decentralized healthcare landscape and break down the silos that so often disconnect people, process and technologies. Read the full article in Becker’s Hospital Review.