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What lasting impact will COVID-19 have on the U.S. healthcare industry? Show more Show less
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The healthcare industry has remained relatively the same even in the face of digital transformation and wider societal change. For example, most doctors still use pagers which were first invented in 1928! However, during COVID-19, the entire healthcare system was put to the test. In many parts of the country, essential equipment such as ventilators and N95 masks were running low. Doctors and nurses were working overtime but they were denied hazard pay. Many challenges during this time revealed intricate flaws within the system. There is bound to be massive reform in the industry following the pandemic.

Systematic changes to the once rigid healthcare process will occur Show more Show less

COVID-19 has affected Americans on many levels, but US healthcare has been directly reeling from the impact. The pandemic forced health care organizations to prioritize leadership, increase hospital staff to reduce burnout, and adopt a more successful model to avoid another long-term fallout.
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The public health sector will be more heavily emphasized in the future

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused just about every country to go on lockdown. The volumes of public health data and transmission preventative measures have become the responsibility of a few public health workers. This has shown the flaw in the healthcare system and in the future, it is likely that the public health sector will be more heavily emphasized. More people will join this sector in the upcoming decade.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, terms such as flattening the curve, social distancing, and contact tracing are all becoming household terms. But few might recognize that these are the tasks public health officials perform on a day-to-day basis, regardless of whether there is a pandemic. Public health personnel has the responsibility of preventing disease and increasing healthcare equity for all communities. In the past, public health people have mainly worked with curbing the transmission of STDs and improving the health safety codes in workplaces, hospitals, and nursing homes. However, the pandemic has shown how there is a lack of these workers. In fact, there has been an estimated 250,000 public health worker deficit during the pandemic! [1] There has been an enormous lag in processing public health data and stopping the spread of the virus. While many people once thought about this branch of medicine as a nice supplement, it has now proved to be vital. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected an 11% growth of Health Educators and Community Health Workers. [2] This shows the trend for higher investment and involvement in public health. After the COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that this sector of the healthcare industry will grow tremendously.

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The public health sector in America was projected to grow at a very rapid pace prior to the pandemic itself. While the onset of the pandemic might have pushed some candidates to enter the field, this is not the case for many others. As of 2019 itself, the BLS predicted that the number of environmental scientists, health educators, biostatisticians and medical administrators was going to increase very quickly. [3] This can be attributed to the aging population and the increase in preventative healthcare. While COVID-19 will have some impact on this field, it was predicted to grow way before the pandemic every happened.

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  1. https://www.statnews.com/2020/04/05/deficit-public-health-workers-no-way-to-fight-covid-19/statnews.html
  2. https://www.goodwin.edu/enews/public-health-job-outlook-2020/#:~:text=As%20noted%20above%2C%20the%20U.S.,than%20other%20occupations%20(5%25)./source.html
  3. https://learn.uvm.edu/blog/blog-health/public-health-job-outlook/source.html
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