Looking ahead: Six New Year’s resolutions for healthcare organizations
As 2022 approaches, I’m sure many of us across the industry and beyond will use this time to reflect on our accomplishments and set goals for the coming year. As we are all too aware, healthcare is constantly evolving, and there’s always room for improvement. So, whether you’re a major health system or a single-doctor provider practice, here are some ideas to jumpstart your New Year’s resolutions in healthcare.
Optimize your Operations Management
Every hospital deals with inefficiencies, but continuing to mishandle them could mean the difference between a growing, thriving organization, and one that fails to maximize its potential. Using a logic-based solution to optimize your Operations Management can help streamline your discharge process, reduce patients’ lengths of stay and balance your staff demand.
Reevaluate your RCM process
Robotic process automation (RPA) is a noninvasive software technology that uses robots to emulate human interactions with digital systems and software. Widespread among many industries to replace or supplement human tasks, RPA is a valuable resource for increasing revenue acceleration, optimizing operational efficiency and maximizing collections.
Increase vaccination rates
Healthcare organizations can’t persuade all their patients to get vaccinated, but they can still encourage some hesitant patients to get vaccinated with clear and consistent communication. Drive higher vaccinations rates in your patient population by using patient engagement platforms for outreach and education.
Update your cybersecurity plan
Cybersecurity is an ever-growing and ever-changing threat to all industries. But in healthcare, the risks aren’t just financial. Patient well-being is on the line too. With the number of cyberattacks increasing around the world, it’s vital to have the best technical controls in place to reduce your risk of attack as well as having an up-to-date response plan to support quicker recovery.
Launch a social determinants of health (SDOH) program
In the health policy world, focus is finally shifting to how we reflect on and respond to factors like housing, food insecurity and literacy, enabling providers to treat the “whole person” rather than a patient’s individual medical conditions. Building an SDOH program can seem daunting, especially for smaller practices with limited budgets and personnel but it is possible and practices that have launched programs are willing to share the secret to their success.
Reduce healthcare provider burnout
It’s no secret that technology can be a major source of provider frustration. Finding an EHR that’s committed to reducing pain points associated with health IT is key for improving provider quality of life. Applying Human-Centered Design principles in product development can more effectively build solutions that work for clinicians instead of against them.
I hope this list has inspired you for the coming year, although these are just a few of the goals that organizations can set to improve their workflows and patient care. As we look forward to the new year, the Allscripts blog will continue to keep you up to date on the latest trends in healthcare and healthcare IT. I can’t wait to see what healthcare organizations can accomplish in 2022. Happy New Year!