Even as states begin to lift some of the COVID-19 restrictions and businesses begin to reopen, healthcare organizations still face many of the same challenges presented at the beginning of this pandemic.
These are unprecedented times for sure, and I wanted to take a moment to pause, and thank all of those that are working diligently to treat patients and keep us all safe.
Conference season is exciting – you meet new people, learn new things, and most companies reveal new products and solutions. As you know, in light of COVID-19, most conferences and tradeshows are on pause for now. But, we wanted to remind you that even though we can’t shake hands or say hello in person, we’re still here for you.
Whether or not you plan on checking out all the latest healthcare IT trends and technologies at HIMSS18 next month in Las Vegas, I believe this is the year we may (finally) get back to real healthcare IT innovation. This is certainly true for our team at Iatric Systems, and I suspect it’s true for many others based on reasons I’ll explain below. In my opinion, it cannot come soon enough.
We are currently three days away from the changing of the guard in Washington. Many are pondering, prognosticating, and pontificating on what that will ultimately mean for our country and to the healthcare industry. People are wondering if the Affordable Care Act will indeed be repealed and replaced and, if so, in part or in full? There are so many questions around the impact on the insured and uninsured, the financial impact on hospitals, physicians, ACOs, the industry at large. What about the long journey to value-based care? Will its momentum fizzle, stall, or keep moving forward? And of course, what will the impact be on software vendors and service organizations in the healthcare industry? I’m only scratching the surface, but you get the point. For at least a few more days/weeks/months, what lies ahead is uncertainty, and there is one thing we know about human nature; uncertainty is rarely a welcome guest.