Who and What Will Rise from the Sick Care Workforce Ashes?

Who and What Will Rise from the Sick Care Workforce Ashes?

Who and What Will Rise from the Sick Care Workforce Ashes?

The COVID-19 apocalypse has decimated society. What the future of medicine will look like over the long term is red meat for the blogosphere. HINT: No one can say for sure.

The sick care workforce is starting to come out of their foxholes and the front lines of the disease and are deciding their next steps. Some will double down. Others will double over and change their personal and professional course.

Some trends that will drive their decisions include:

  1. Psychological and behavioral health impact.
  2. The failure of the fee for service medicine and the business model of Sick-care, Inc struggling desperately to monetize and create incentives for value.
  3. Job insecurity.
  4. Distrustfulness of a system that hails them as heroes one day and furloughs or fires them the next creating a new just-in-case mentality.
  5. More threats to private practice and increasing systems consolidation.
  6. The availability of more non-clinical jobs.
  7. Increasing biomedical and clinical innovation and entrepreneurship education, resources, networks, mentors, peer to peer support and non-clinical career guidance.
  8. A new higher ed and graduate/medical school model.
  9. A changed future of work and sick care jobs.
  10. The collision of multiple technologies including virtual care, remote sensing, AI, blockchain, financial technologies (Fintech) and remote patient monitoring.
  11. The sick care gig economy.
  12. Migrating sick care to health care.
  13. Unbundling primary care.
  14. Inequality.
  15. Opportunities to change the system.
  16. Adapting to the hybrid economy.

Without changing the rules and how we select, educate and train the sick care workforce, we are likely to not only see the second wave of disease but the second wave of multi-system failure and inertia as well, leaving us in a no man's land of familiar ashes.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs on Twitter@ArlenMD and Facebook. 

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  • Habarugaba Gilbert

    I'm Rwandan, even though my country is one of the poorest in the world we have universal healthcare, Its called mutuelle de santé.

  • Steve O'Connor

    Imagine firing doctors during a pandemic.....

  • Perry Bird

    My family has always argued with me that U.S. healthcare is the best. They are WRONG !

  • Stephan Welsch

    If America was a person, they'd be Mr. Krabs

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at www.sopenet.org. He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at www.bridgehealth.com and www.cliexa.com and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at www.globalminded.org, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.

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