Healthcare Administration in 2017

How Healthcare Administration Could Change in 2017

What does 2017 look like for Healthcare Administration? As we start to see the challenges and opportunities of the upcoming year take shape, we can begin to bring 2017 into focus.

Aging Population

In 2017 and the years that follow, we will see a tremendous shift in the composition of our national populations, because nearly a quarter of the population will be over 65. This event has never before occurred in history. It has only been made possible in the past century with the availability of antibiotics, advancements in medical technology and better management of chronic diseases. For those of us in healthcare administration, this will mean developing and adapting processes to better and more effectively care for an aging population. As we are asked to care for more people with same or fewer human resources, we will need to be innovative and adapt to meet the challenge.

How Healthcare Administration Could Change in 2017

High Percentage of Nurses Retiring

Our healthcare workers are aging, from administration to nursing to doctors, across the spectrum. For example, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing,  55% of nurses are now over 50. While 50 is certainly not the typical retirement age, this does suggest that over the next several years we will see a high frequency of retirements. This means that in a time when the need for more nurses and medical staff is increasing, those seasoned professionals are retiring. We will likely see a great influx of new “blood” into the healthcare industry, where Millennials and younger Gen-Xers rush in to fill the void by getting their professional degrees and beginning their careers in the healthcare industry. It will be a very exciting time, filled with great opportunity for those wishing to enter and advance, but also a time of great transition.

More effective use of tech for home-based monitoring

Part of this adaptation will include more widespread usage of home-based monitoring through devices, monitors and improved remote connectivity between patients and medical personnel and services. This will allow the Homecare trend to expand beyond today’s capability. Hospitals will develop a new level of care in which some of the patients who they are managing and treating are not physically within the facility. Healthcare will begin meeting the patients where they are, in the comfort of their homes rather than bringing them into often uncomfortable facilities. Some facilities are already moving in this direction. As facilities like Mercy Virtual Hospital in Saint Louis prove the concept, other hospital administrations will be looking to expand their own virtual capabilities.

Getting your Masters in Healthcare Administration

It is a great time to enter or advance in healthcare administration by getting your Masters in Healthcare Administration. Getting your MHA degree can put you on the path toward success in this fast-paced and changing healthcare administration environment.

Sources

http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/12/technology/mercy-hospital-virtual-care/

http://bhw.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/reports/nursingworkforce/nursingworkforcefullreport.pdf

http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2014/04/building-the-case-for-more-highly-educated-nurses.html