Challenges Of Health Care

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Long term care and mental illness are health related issues that plague millions of people all across the world. Both present different but similar problems in that, there are limited resources to fulfill the needs of patients suffering from any illness falling under these scopes. Financing the long term care needs of these patients and finding quality health care facilities to carry out the required services can be a difficult challenge. To make sure that the industry can keep up with the challenges that are foreseen in the health care industry there are several obstacles they will need to overcome. First the healthcare professionals must be very educated and skilled to provide the care needed. The industry itself must prepare itself for …show more content…
With so many specialized offices and branches they are all in competition for the patients needing the care. “Benchmarking best practices is essential; hospital administrators must take time to investigate other specialty healthcare providers in their local communities, identify areas of opportunity and put a strategic plan in place for building renowned specialty practices.” (Freel, PhD, 2012) Baby boomers are also a growing concern for the medical field as they quickly approach their senior years; this means there will be a high demand for geriatric care. This demand puts pressure on hospitals and localized facilities to expand to meet the coming demands. With the arrival of new patients from this generation this also means there will be a need for more qualified professionals to meet the medical care demands of these …show more content…
“The most obvious challenge that really points to the weakest link in health care is the ability to manage chronic illness,” said Rick Wade, senior vice president of communications for AHA.” (Orlovsky, n.d.) Chronic illnesses need to be managed and technological advancements can assist with this in a variety of ways. Examples include new applications that can help doctors manage medical records so they can transfer documents with ease. Other advancements include doctors and patients being able to communicate instantly with online applications or telephone consultations. Now days there are thousands of devices patients can use for home health care to assist and manage their own medical needs, these can range from diabetes management tools, home dialysis systems and health and fitness devices. The possibilities are endless for the future of medical technology as we have only begun to scratch the

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