Analyzing a relevant healthcare issue | NURS 6053 – Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership | Walden University
- Staff shortage: Healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, or other health care staff are in short supply. The shortage of qualified healthcare professionals can increase the workload for current staff and reduce patient care.
- Health disparities. Certain groups, like low-income communities and minorities, suffer from disproportionately high rates of illness and worse health outcomes when compared with other populations. Health disparities can be addressed by addressing the social determinants, including poverty, housing safety, healthy eating, and racism.
- Cost of healthcare: As costs rise, they put financial pressure on health care organizations and patients. The result can be a decrease in quality of care, as well as reduced access.
- Chronic disease management. The incidence of chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart diseases is on the rise, increasing healthcare use and costs. A patient-centered strategy is required for effective chronic disease management. This approach must address patients’ physical, emotional, and sociological needs.
- Health Information Technology: Widespread adoption of technology such as electronic records has improved efficiency and patient outcomes. It has created some new challenges such as the need to ensure the privacy and security of information about patients and reduce the documentation burden on health professionals.
The healthcare industry is currently facing a number of issues and stressors. These issues require a collaborative approach with healthcare providers and payers as well as policymakers.