This post is taken from an article by Robin L. Rose, MBA VP, Healthcare Resource Group, HealthStream, where she looks ahead at the coming year, with an eye to big picture trends that could have a significant impact on how we provide and experience care.
Extreme Weather Prevalence Necessitates Readiness
Things such as hotter temperatures, poorer air quality, mass casualty shootings, and an increased number of extreme weather events have healthcare organizations scrambling to adjust to a “new normal.” Events over the past several years have taught us that we may not be as prepared as we should be.
Catastrophic Events Could Strain Health System
The impact of floods, droughts, and heat waves also has consequences for our population. Public health officials are calling for new measures to help people stay healthy. Here are some of their worries (National Geographic, 2018):
According to a recent article put out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “The severity of these health risks will depend on the ability of public health and safety systems to address or prepare for these changing threats, as well as factors such as an individual’s behavior, age, gender, and economic status” (EPA, 2017). A lot will depend on each community’s ability to adapt to change.
Additional Healthcare Trends to Watch
Other trends identified in this article include:
Blumenthal, David M.D.; Seervai, Shanoor; “To Be High Performing, the U.S. Health System Will Need to Adapt to Climate Change,” April 18, 2018, https://www.commonwealthfund.org/blog/2018/be-high-performing-us-health-system-will-need-adapt-climate-change
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Climate Impacts on Human Health,” January 19, 2017, https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/climate-impacts/climate-impacts-human-health_.html
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