As you may be aware, Western Pennsylvania Hospital News is celebrating its 25th year. Rather than reflect on the past, we want to move forward and look ahead. Based on your own skillset and insights, what does the future hold for the healthcare industry and how will your practice or organization contribute? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please email Harvey Kart at email@example.com and we’ll share your thoughts with our readers between now and the end of the year.
Here’s the first of the Looking Ahead articles:
By Ron Kocent
Twenty five years and counting! I recall starting in rural Punxsutawney just after the Nixon Administration promoted the new concept of HMO’s. The PC was a dream, but we soon had green screens with a DOS prompt. Then the 5 pound “bag phone” emerged for portability—the time has gone by quickly and as we all know, the pace of technology has been astronomical.
I recall the early days of Hospital News, and a brief article published as we developed a provider owned HMO in Beaver County. Since that time the healthcare administrative field has advanced from basic cost saving measures to efforts to evaluate true clinical and economic benefits.
As we approach the next decade I believe healthcare will transition in many facets, improving outcomes and economics.
A wise local administrator used to open many meetings asking, “What’s the object of the exercise?” This question is an important foundation for any management decision, process or program development.