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Healthcare will never be the same again—and should not be—after this moment in history. The impact of COVID-19 has been far too devastating for our society, in good-conscience, to return to a status quo that allows a crisis like this to repeat itself.
Health systems face workforce challenges and financial downturns amid COVID-19, fragmenting an already-tenuous patient journey. Patients and consumers are toiling with emotional, social and economic anxieties while struggling to engage with an overwhelmed healthcare system.
But, fundamentally, if healthcare is going to change, we are going to have to change with it—swiftly and with purpose. That means we need to:
Healthcare’s current moment requires the bravery of our communities and leadership to have honest conversations about how we begin to not only heal our healthcare system, but to give it the opportunity to do what was intended all along—to make us all healthier.
These big and sometimes uncomfortable conversations won’t be solved by a singular roundtable series. However, these conversations are critical to progress and must be sustained if we are to see this through. This is why the HIMSS Digital Influencers are committed to facilitating these conversations both during this roundtable discussion series, COVID-19 and the Acceleration of Digital Health and among their social and digital communities.
This resource, updated regularly, will feature content that helps the health community learn, engage and connect with fellow changemakers who are also committed to exploring a more thoughtful healthcare system enabled by information and technology.
Watch Jamey Edwards, Justin Gernot, Lygeia Ricciardi, Stacy Hurt discuss the need for a patient-centered culture shift in healthcare.
Watch Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, Mike Rucker, PhD, Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA and Sara Vaezy, MHA, MPH bring their perspectives from across the care continuum to share calls to action that will be critical for health leaders to consider when leading through these unprecedented times.
Chrissa McFarlane, Jen Horonjeff, PhD, Justin Gernot and Matthew Fisher discuss opportunities and required considerations for solutions designers to lead with empathy and purpose through and beyond the pandemic.
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Originally published June 10, 2020; updated August 4, 2020