Guest Blog Written by Shelley Tweedy, Director of Marketing, DataBank
No industry, arguably, has more points to discuss on technology disruption than the healthcare sector (data aggregation for research, designer babies, robot performed surgeries, radiologist job relevance, etc). With advancements in AI, genetics and real-time patient information (wearable devices), the volume of data being produced, managed, analyzed and shared is at an all-time high!
According to Stanford Medicine’s Health Trends Report, “Harnessing the Power of Data in Heath,” 2,314 exabytes of healthcare data will be produced in 2020, which is an increase of at least 48 percent annually since 2013. This is a substantial challenge for healthcare information management (HIM) teams across the globe.
- How do health information managers handle the influx and integrity of patient data streaming in from current and new data sources?
- What processes do they have to put in place to protect it?
- How do they leverage patient provided data and help make it more actionable?
This unprecedented growth of healthcare technology advancements and patient data is putting pressure on healthcare systems and their employees to take on the next wave of information management challenges, while still handling current system and process integrations, M&A consolidations, and health record integrity (to name a few).
How can healthcare organizations achieve the impossible and effectively manage these major technology shifts?
According to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), leadership skills and spearheading change. The emphasis on leadership within the healthcare sector was a key theme throughout AHIMA’s 2019 Health Data and Information Conference in Chicago, and in this particular context, they weren’t talking about corporate executives or stakeholders.
Messaging from AHIMA president, Dr. Valerie J.M. Watzlaf and AHIMA CEO, Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris encouraged attendees to be the disruptors, not the disrupted. Both women addressed the need to embrace and own the constant roller coaster of change within the healthcare ecosystem. They also advised HIMS practitioners to harness their passion and drive change from the bottom up – no matter their role – helping lead and advance the healthcare information management profession.
During Carey Lorenz’s, author of Fearless Leadership, keynote session she shared leadership advice from her journey of becoming the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot for the United States Navy. Listed below are some of the leadership best practices that helped her achieve the impossible.
Don’t be paralyzed by the fear of failure.
Every day you should do something that makes you uncomfortable. It’s bold, fearless actions that drive success. The key to owning failure is learning how to get back up quickly when you fall, and you will fall.
It matters how you show up (my personal favorite).
You set the tone of how your day goes. You can choose to lead with courage, tenacity, and integrity. “Positive energy does not guarantee success but negativity kills your ability to adapt.”
Progression, not perfection.
Just because you launch at 80% doesn’t mean you have to stay at 80%. The goal is to always improve on what you put in place.
Know your Purpose. Focus on it. Stay Disciplined.
When your to-do list and initiatives get overwhelming, refocus on your purpose. Refocusing on your purpose – no matter what else is happening – helps you reset and is a quick reminder on what is most important (your organization’s ‘why’). “If you lose sight, you lose the fight”
With healthcare advancements showing no signs of slowing down, healthcare information managers will always be faced with the adversities that change brings. To help navigate, strong leaders will take bold action, set the tone and bring positive energy to those who surround them, and focus on their organization’s goal and purpose.
I will end with a statement made by former American Medical Association President, Dr. David O. Barbe during the ‘Leadership in Today’s Healthcare System’ panel, “Leadership is not a title, and it’s not a position. It’s about showing up and stepping up. And being positive while doing it.”