Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• When the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, health system executives had to shift their priorities to fast-track innovations such as virtual care services and artificial intelligence tools. But the quick implementation of telehealth solutions in response to the pandemic highlighted areas needing improvement—in particular, integration gaps, especially with platforms not built for healthcare workflows. Read More
• There is no one-size-fits-all approach to running a successful physician practice, but a new report has found that top-performing organizations have a couple of characteristics in common. Practices performing the best related to operations, profitability, productivity, and value invested more in staff, facilities, and operations compared to the median of all multispecialty practices. Read More
• Surgery has undergone a great deal of fluctuation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As the country grappled with a relatively unknown virus and raced to learn more about it, hospitals suspended elective and non-urgent surgeries. But as states reopened, surgery service lines did as well, and now many organizations are working to adjust surgery services to the new normal. Read More
• According to a recent survey, health system execs expect it will be at least 2022 before their operations return to anything resembling a pre-pandemic "normal." Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they were moderately or extremely concerned about the financial viability of their organizations in the absence of an effective COVID-19 vaccine or treatment. Read More
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