4 Key Risks Facing the Healthcare Sector

Healthcare infections

It’s not hard to imagine that one of the most constant risks facing healthcare facilities is infections and spreadable illnesses. Something as seemingly harmless as the common cold to a disease as severe as COVID-19 can have dangerous repercussions for your staff and the patients you are working to keep safe. Residents in SNFs and other long-term care centers are even more susceptible to the spread of illness as a result of their communal nature, so healthcare executives must do everything they can to enhance their infection control measures.

Cybersecurity

The healthcare industry is one sector that is always evolving as new technologies are developed to support better patient care and facility management. Cybercriminals know that this can be a pain point for many organizations, so healthcare facilities become all the more vulnerable to cyber threats.

Compliance lapse

The healthcare regulatory landscape is more complex than ever before, which puts healthcare organizations at greater risk of non-compliance. Leadership and healthcare staff must understand all regulations and laws that apply to their specific facilities, like billing, HIPAA, and patient needs. Not only this, but centers must also comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations that extend beyond their day-to-day healthcare policies. Any non-compliance can have very serious consequences on your operations.

Telehealth implementation

The expansion of telehealth capabilities is a necessary solution to current healthcare shortfalls, but, if not implemented and monitored correctly, it can quickly result in issues that become more difficult to resolve if not addressed immediately. If, for example, healthcare staff doesn’t have the proper training and credentials, it could result in allegations of negligence. Remote care offers so many benefits to healthcare staff and patients, but it also demands skills and oversight that are completely unique to the current healthcare environment. This is another instance where training and updated policies are critical to successful implementation.

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