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5 Things You Can’t Do in Healthcare Anymore




The health industry has evolved and changed over the years. It’s evolving at a faster pace now than ever before, and there’s no shortage of exciting opportunities to be explored. But, as with any industry, there are also some things that you simply can’t do anymore in healthcare. In this post, we’ll discuss five things that have fallen out of favor—and why they’ve lost their luster.

What are the things you can’t do anymore in healthcare?

It’s important that we learn from the past, but it’s even more important that we don’t make similar mistakes going forward. In healthcare, there are a lot of things you just can’t do anymore if you want to be successful and remain competitive in today’s marketplace. Here are five things that need to go:

  • Be in denial about digital and analytics
  • Wait for others to figure it out first before acting on your own
  • Explain “why” as a reason to act now – ask yourself why your organization isn’t doing something already? What’s holding you back? If there is no good answer then this should help guide future decisions on where your priorities should be placed moving forward. It can also help identify areas where more investment needs focused attention so they can be addressed directly(i.e., lack of funding).
  • Maintain the status quo at all costs by avoiding change at all costs (this includes failing fast) or taking risks which may lead toward success down the line but could end up costing significant losses upfront(and potentially forever). This includes not investing in technologies until everything else has been tried first without success or even worse yet: never trying anything new because failure might mean losing everything!

Wait for others to figure it out

You’ve probably heard the saying, “If you want to move up in your career, don’t wait for someone else to hand you a promotion.” While this is true for all industries, it’s especially true for healthcare. In healthcare, we are constantly being told that there are too many doctors and nurses working compared to the number of patients needing care. This means that if you want more responsibility or better pay (or both!), you’ll have to take ownership of your own career path.

Here are five things that can help:

  • Don’t wait for others to figure it out. If a new project or program comes up within your organization that seems like a good opportunity—and maybe even something exciting—jump on board! Don’t worry about whether anyone else thinks this is the right time or place; just dive in headfirst and see what happens. Maybe it will be great; maybe not so much…but at least now you’ll know where things stand with your superiors if they ask later on why they never heard anything from their team member who wanted so badly offload some responsibilities onto them!
  • Don’t wait for permission from above before taking action yourself; just do it! The worst thing that could happen here is being reprimanded by management when caught doing something wrong (although hopefully nothing too serious), but best case scenario? You’ll impress them so much with how quickly and efficiently things get done without having to get approval first that they won’t even remember what happened when confronted afterwards anyway!
  • Don’t spend hours worrying about whether this next step towards bigger responsibilities makes sense because chances are no one else really cares either way except maybe other people who might benefit directly from seeing how well

Be in denial about digital and analytics

You can’t be in denial about digital. You may have heard the term “digital” and thought it was just about technology, but that’s not correct. Digital is really about how people interact with each other, their environment, their devices and most importantly their data.

The healthcare industry has been slow to embrace this movement, with many still holding onto outdated practices such as faxing patient records or using pagers as a primary means of communication between staff members. In fact, according to our Radiologist Email List Report: Healthcare IT Trends Update 2019 (free download), less than half (47 percent) of respondents said they use email for internal communications while 58 percent said they use SMS text messaging for internal communications.

Explain “why” as a reason to act now

One of the most important things you can do when making a change is to explain “why” as a reason for acting now.

Why? Because this will help people understand your vision and ensure that they are on board with what you’re trying to achieve.

The why is the reason for taking action, while the what (or how) represents the action itself. The why should be simple and clear, so that all stakeholders understand it not just at an intellectual level but also at an emotional level. For example: “I want to improve patient experience scores because I want my hospital to be known as one of the best hospitals in town.”

Ask patients to blindly trust us

You can’t expect patients to blindly trust you anymore. We live in a world where we want to know everything about what’s going on with our health, and we expect the same from our doctors. It’s no longer acceptable for healthcare providers to make decisions without first consulting their patients or explaining why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers need to earn their patients’ trust. Patient-centered care is an important goal for healthcare providers because it helps create a better patient experience, as well as more opportunities for collaboration between patients/residents and staff members at all levels within the organization (our team here at [Hospital Name] believes strongly in this approach).

Earning someone’s trust takes time; it’s not something that happens overnight or even just by being nice once in awhile! Trust is earned through consistency — if something goes wrong once but then seems fixed quickly thereafter (and stays fixed), then there will be less of an issue than if something happens repeatedly over time despite assurances otherwise…

Maintain the status quo

But how can you do this? As I mentioned in the previous section, there are a lot of new technologies and digital trends that you need to be aware of. The healthcare industry is evolving very fast and if you want to stay on top of it all, then you need to keep an open mind.

You cannot simply maintain the status quo because we live in a world where everything is changing rapidly. If we don’t adapt quickly enough, then our competitors will beat us at their game!

If your strategy is “do nothing” or “just keep doing what I have always done” then I would strongly advise against it because that approach won’t take you very far in today’s world where everyone has access to information online and if someone wants something done differently, they can just do it themselves without asking permission from anyone else first because there are no barriers between them anymore (i.e., someone doesn’t have

to go through HR before trying something new).

We need to learn from the past..

We need to learn from the past.

We’ve all made mistakes, and we can collectively learn from them. We also have successes that we should be proud of, so let’s make sure they don’t go unnoticed. We can learn a lot from other industries as well: what they do right, what they do wrong, and how they handle certain situations. The same applies to our competitors; if you find yourself in a position where you’re competing with them for business or talent, take a step back and figure out how you can get ahead of them by learning from their successes (and failures).


The future of healthcare is going to look very different from the past. We have the opportunity to shape it, but we need to act. We can’t expect others to do it for us or wait for them to catch up. Our patients deserve better than that—and so do we!