Chief Healthcare Executive: Top 5 stories on healthcare transformation in 2021

Over the past year, leaders are putting more focus on virtual care, home-based options and the increased use of data.

The healthcare industry is evolving rapidly, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the changes.

Throughout the past year, Chief Healthcare Executive has looked at the industry's emerging trends and how health leaders must adapt to changing times. These stories offer an illuminating look at the transformation of healthcare.

This is the fourth installment of a six-day series celebrating our most popular stories and features of the past year. The series runs through Dec. 31.

5. Is virtual primary care the new house call? Three real world examples

As healthcare leaders consider how to embed telehealth into their patient experience, it’s critical to examine how virtual care can lead to better health outcomes. This piece examines how virtual care programs can serve patients and how to make those programs successful.

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4. Efficient data connectivity mitigates economic impact of the pandemic

Many healthcare organizations have been hammered financially during the coronavirus pandemic. Some say the pandemic has accelerated the move toward value-based payment. Such a shift requires more intense focus around data-sharing to improve patient care and gain more efficiency.

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3. Give American seniors the option to choose home after a hospital discharge

The healthcare industry has shown the ability to adapt to meet the needs of patients. Some health leaders say it’s time to allow more seniors choices after being discharged from the hospital, including the chance to recover at home after hospitalization. More providers are offering the chance to recover at home, a trend that’s likely to continue.

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2. Humana’s bold goal effort shows value of health system partnerships

Humana's 2021 Bold Goal Report highlights the importance of health system partnerships. The report is part of Humana’s ongoing effort to address holistic health needs in part by working with community partners, including health systems and faith leaders, to address the social determinants of health.

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1. Patterns of virtual care and in-person ambulatory contacts during the onset of the pandemic

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many did not want to go to a doctor’s office, urgent care center or a hospital. Telehealth, which wasn’t widely used before the pandemic, became an indispensable option, if largely out of necessity. Telehealth use rocketed to 80% of visits in some areas struggling with the virus.

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Coming tomorrow: Chief Healthcare Executive's five most popular stories on data and technology