HR in Healthcare
Over time, everything changes. This is truer of some things as compared to others and healthcare is certainly one of those things. Indeed, the last ten years has marked some major changes for healthcare. Among other things, technology has significantly advanced, the Affordable Care Act has been passed and the financial workings of healthcare have become more and more complex and worrisome to many people. This report will discuss a theoretical clinic that will be set up in a rural setting. The overall factors and points that will be covered will include change in demography, change in disease, change in societal norms/values, changes in healthcare technology, financial pressures that are rendered upon healthcare professionals and cultural awareness/cultural diversity in work environments. While some things in healthcare and human resources have remained unchanged over the years, there are other things that changed significantly.
There have been some massive swings in demographics and diseases over the recent years and decades. There has been a concerted effort to combat obesity, just as one example. These efforts have done well with most groups but the poor and minorities are still afflicted a lot. Further, the presence of people with high blood sugar up to and including those with diabetes has been on a huge upswing. Indeed, the amount of people that die due to cancer, heart disease and diabetes is becoming alarmingly high (McNeill, Hayes & Harley, 2015). Even with those developments, the management of those same disorders is constantly improving and the life expectancy of the average American is still on the rise. When it comes to demography, the Latino group in the United States is on the ascent it seems an eventuality when a majority of all American will be at least partially Latino in their lineage (Suro & Passel, 2003). This comes due to things like heavy immigration and less of a taboo on people of different races starting families together. This is just one examples of how societal norms and values have changed. Another example is the increasing acceptance of gay marriage and the recent Supreme Court ruling that extends the same civil rights to them as exists for heterosexual couples. Human resources professionals in a rural clinic will have to respond to this by, among other things, make sure that a Spanish-speaker (if not more than one) will be on-staff and that the nurses/doctors in the rural clinic know what the current trends and patterns are (Kamimura, Ashby, Myers, Nourian & Christensen, 2015).
Another massively changing thing is technology use in this country. Smartphones and tablet computers are becoming the norm and laptops/desktops are starting to plateau or are even fading a bit due to the increasing portability of technology. Healthcare is certainly part of that revolution given the massive shift towards electronic healthcare records (EHR) and the use of laptops or tablets by physicians and nurses instead of clipboards and notepads. A modern-day healthcare system is one that is centered on databases, security, backups, movement of data in real-time, electronic shifting of data from location to location and even prescriptions that are entirely electronic in nature rather than requiring the use of a pad of paper or a phone call. Even in a rural clinic, human resources professionals would be wise to securely do online transfers of record and prescriptions so as to avoid delays due to the rural location of the clinic (Stanmirovic & Vintar, 2015).
Even with all of the…