Future Trends, New Approaches, and Skillsets

The lack of funding of the National Health Care Workforce Commission, passed as part of the ACA in 2010, has resulted in an important missed opportunity for thought leadership in guiding our understanding of the needs of the nation’s healthcare workforce. Nevertheless, trends in 21st century healthcare, led by big data and artificial intelligence, suggest a growing mismatch between the skills health professionals will need for practice and those that they currently possess at graduation. The trends impacting this mismatch include (but are not limited to):

  • Emergent paradigms for healthcare delivery, such as team-based care and patient and family-centered care
  • New entrants into the healthcare marketplace, such as retail clinics and large vertically integrated health systems
  • Greater emphasis and responsibility for management of chronic conditions and population health
  • Rapidly evolving healthcare technologies that will significantly alter the traditional role of many health professional and increase/decrease the demand for others

Academic health center Chief Academic Officers play a central role in developing curricula, organizing and promoting new programs, and incorporating new technology and training environments that support and deliver on the ever-changing skills critical for the healthcare providers of the future.

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