The healthcare industry continues to evolve under the pressures of increasing costs and demands for quality. This evolution has made the need for project management more apparent than ever before. As a result, healthcare organizations have commenced applying the foundations of project management in their operations and are focused on improving health outcomes across the care continuum.
Currently, there are over 900,000 practicing physicians in the US and nearly $3 trillion is spent on hospital care, physician services, nursing homes, personal health care, and other goods and services. On a per capita basis, this is about $10,000; overall, it represents almost 17.5 percent of America's gross domestic product.
The bulk of this growth has been driven by the increasing number of Americans who have health insurance. The U.S. government reports that since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate has fallen to a record-breaking 9.2 percent and the prediction is that an additional 34 million Americans will enroll for coverage over the next 10 years. For the most part, this shift has been viewed as favorable, but it has attracted more attention to the need for efficiency and effectiveness in how healthcare services are delivered.
In an industry that is changing and growing at an extremely rapid pace, project management can offer structure and discipline. Using proven methodologies and processes will help the field accomplish more in less time, save resources, and nurture collaboration.
The healthcare industry will only benefit if it opens itself to the immense benefits project management offers. It's time for the industry to take the leap of change!
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