What’s in Store for Hospitals in 2019?
What does 2019 have in store for hospitals? If we take a sneak peek into our crystal ball, we’ll see that there is a need for together communication between EMS agencies and hospital emergency departments. We’ll also see the approach to acute stroke will continue to change and evolve.
Below, we explore four trends that will affect hospitals in 2019. For a more detailed look at these trends, plus recommended actions for each trend, download our 2019 Hospital Predictions.
- Tighter communication between EMS agencies and hospital emergency departments:
There will be a greater emphasis on integrated and efficient communication between hospital emergency departments and EMS agencies, especially around high-acuity patients. Hospitals will be looking for improved communication to better prepare for incoming patients while EMS agencies will look for outcome data from hospitals on transported patients to improve training programs and ensure proper reimbursements.
- Mobile and smartphone technology will play a greater role:
Improved mobile technology will replace dated technologies in hospital emergency departments to ensure timely communication with inbound EMS transports, between hospital departments and personnel, and with other hospitals. In particular, ease of acquiring and sharing patient-specific data from the bedside will facilitate insights into patient history, clinician thought process, and rapid assembly of specialty teams for critical patients.
- Acquisitions and mergers will be more non-traditional:
Merger and acquisition activity will continue in 2019 but will be more non-traditional than hospital-to-hospital activity. For example, private equity firm Veritas Capital acquired athenahealth in late 2018. There will be a greater infusion of investment dollars as well as partnerships and alliances across the entire healthcare spectrum.
- Approach to acute stroke will continue to change:
In 2018, new information (such as the DAWN study) about stroke response times had a ripple effect for prehospital care through the emergency departments to definitive care. 2019 will see the medical community reach agreement on the fundamentals of care for acute stroke. This will include definitive, consistent classification of stroke centers, allowing EMS agencies to make better transport decisions. Ultimately, decisions around transport will likely be made with reliable hospital outcome information.
Hospitals that pay attention to – and get ahead of – these trends can set themselves up for success inn 2019 and beyond. For tips and suggestions on how to best approach each of these trends, download the 2019 Hospital Predictions now.