2020 has been a challenging year, especially in healthcare. But while we have all struggled with the stress of the pandemic and the economic difficulties, we have proven we’re strong and resilient. What lessons did you learn in 2020 that you can take into the New Year? Here are a few things we can do to find success in 2021 with everything that we’ve lived through this year.
Offer More Virtual Care
The single biggest lesson from 2020 might be access to telehealth. While the technology existed before, it wasn’t until the pandemic caused so many to shelter in place that more people utilized their healthcare provider’s remote care options. But the benefits are far-reaching. It can help people who live in remote locations get the care they need or quickly assist those who may be homebound for other reasons.
There is more to medical technology than just virtual care. While some things have been implemented for a while, such as electronic medical records, other aspects are just now gaining ground. One big place where technology can be leveraged in healthcare is with patient access portals. They can manage their care, their billing, and even their insurance information all in one place.
Focus on Mental and Behavioral Health
We have seen a huge fallout from the pandemic response. With the need to prevent and isolate, many people are suffering from additional consequences. Anxiety is running high and a lot of people don’t know where to turn. Offering access to mental and behavioral help can allow your patients the ability to care for themselves holistically rather than compartmentally.
Keep Employees Safe
Of course, the major concern for a lot of healthcare employers is the health and safety of their staff. Being on the front lines during a global pandemic has put a lot of workers at risk and many have found themselves already living with the after-effects of the novel coronavirus. Employers need to ensure they have good sick day policies in place and access to the PPE their employees need.
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