For years now, healthcare professionals have activated within a challenging, rapidly changing, and fragmented environment. At present, as the medical world is striving to mitigate the risks of COVID-19, it's crucial that leaders join their forces to bring about change in the way care is provided and managed. The value of collective leadership can't be overstated enough. If multiple parties work towards the same goal, the effects can be spectacular. New alliances and unlikely partnerships are the key to stopping the coronavirus pandemic. In what follows, we'll see how healthcare leaders can bring their contribution.
Setting up meetings and cross-training medical groups
Local leaders in their areas can set up meetings on a regular basis, during which they can discuss pressing issues such as hospitalizations and rising demand for care. They could take into account certain measures, of which mention can be made of decreasing elective care and stockpiling supplies. The patient-care team should include clinicians from outside the hospital environment. If solutions are hard to come by, perhaps it would be possible to involve local authorities, councils, and clinical commissioning groups. The point is that priorities should be addressed and supported by leadership practices.
Healthcare leaders should launch an immersive training program for ambulatory and perioperative nurses so that they can help take care of COVID-10 patients. Each participant gains the necessary skills to provide critical care services. This is essential in terms of addressing the pandemic, not to mention future surges and other disasters. Now, it’s necessary to determine how, when, and where it would be possible to offer training.
Providing access to digital health records
The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated that we're better off collaborating as far as public health is concerned. Some healthcare leaders have prioritized their own facilities, which is a huge mistake because it endangers global health. Data should be made accessible to whoever needs it. More exactly, information and health data should be shared with those directly fighting COVID-19 so they can better treat those at risk.
Most physicians take advantage of audio recorders, telephones, and even smartphone apps to dictate notes. To minimize the number of errors and improve the accuracy of the records, they should resort to medical transcription online. The reports from doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers are converted into written reports. Information rapidly becomes available, so it can be shared with those who need it the most. Interprofessional collaborations improve patient outcomes.
Making sure that vulnerable patients have access to technology
The adoption of telemedicine is growing. Nonetheless, not everyone has access to technology and something must be done for underserved populations. It’s important to evaluate patient needs and support them when it comes to using telehealth technology. Healthcare leaders can reach out to local organizations and institutions to subsidize device and Internet access. This way, everyone has access to much-needed care.
Recognizing that COVID-19 is impacting people in different ways is crucial to move further. The current outbreak affects all segments of the population and it’s particularly detrimental to those in vulnerable situations. Healthcare leadership needs to change. We choose collaboration over competition if we want to put a stop to the COVID-19 pandemic.