Preserving the Best of Pandemic-Driven Innovation

Gregg Miller, MD, and colleagues discuss which operational and cultural innovations are worth keeping — and which could be revived for the next pandemic as published in Today’s Hospitalist.

Gregg Miller

Gregg Miller , MD

Chief Medical Officer

Published May 01, 2022

Key takeaways:

  • As the pandemic winds down, many of the changes that teams rushed into place are no longer mission critical. However, there are benefits to preserving the rapid pace of innovation as well as specific initiatives that improve care.
  • COVID-19 expanded opportunities for advanced providers, who worked at the top of their licenses and earned the respect of their teammates. This could drive a trend toward greater autonomy for these professionals.
  • Health systems are continuing the pandemic-era practice of transferring lower-acuity patients from academic hubs to lower acuity “spoke” hospitals with positive effects on efficiency and capacity.

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