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Changing Culture, Leading Strategy at Healthcare Organizations

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Don Seymour

You may have watched INTEGRATED’s Raising the Bar video series revolving around a current trend in today’s healthcare industry: decreasing payments and increasing risks. To provide you with additional healthcare insight, I served as a panelist in a HealthLeaders Media Executive Roundtable, “Changing Culture, Leading Strategy at Healthcare Organizations.”

Some important discussion points included:

  • Time horizons for culture change and strategic planning
  • Cultural alignment with market change
  • Key strategic issues ahead
  • The opportunity of disruptive change

One of the questions panelists were asked was whether organizations can accommodate the change needed in a fast-moving industry like healthcare. I mentioned that healthcare today is a 10-year horizon. That doesn’t mean providers shouldn’t be taking action now. The good news is that many of the things they have to do to be successful in the population health world, they also have to do to be successful in the acute care world.

Click to read the transcript of the roundtable discussion, which was featured in the October issue of HealthLeaders magazine.

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Planning for a New Type of Healthcare Leader in Today’s New Care Delivery Environments

Posted on November 6, 2014 by Gallagher Integrated

There’s a new trend emerging in healthcare: shifting venues in delivery of care. As the country’s services transition to new venues and approaches, so will the healthcare workforce. The question then becomes: do healthcare organizations need to plan for a new type of healthcare leader?

In short, the answer can go either way. The evolution of the healthcare industry does bring the need for new leadership skills so organizations can thrive and deliver high-quality, effective, and efficient healthcare to better meet the needs of highly engaged patients.

 What leadership skills are in-demand in today’s evolving healthcare industry?

  • Communication: The delivery of care is shifting to a variety of environments—hospitals to primary care practices, nursing facilities, retail drug stores, shopping malls, tablets and smartphones. It is increasingly critical for communication among these venues different roles to be well-organized and professional.
  • Innovation: As new and improved environments of care delivery arise, healthcare leaders are challenged in the face of change to drive their organizations to success with innovative thinking. And as William Pollard once said, “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”
  • Change and risk management: Along with strong skills in communication, leaders must swiftly make decisions in today’s transforming and oftentimes-uncertain healthcare environments. Additionally, the workforce to delivery care in these new venues will need to change. Leaders should be prepared to make strategic decisions amid consumer demand, legislative actions, mergers, and more.

To assist your organization with succeeding in today’s new care delivery environments, our own Kevin Haeberle and Jane Groves are hosting a 1-hour webinar on November 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. CST. And we need your help to pick the most important shifting venues question for them to address. Submit your vote by Monday, November 10 and look for a webinar invite in your inbox to find out if the question you voted for was chosen.

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