The healthcare industry is continually evolving, whether due to changes in legislation, consumer demand, or advancements in technology or medicines. However, these changes bring increased liabilities for those working in the field. Malpractice claims are on the rise, highlighting the importance of risk management. Today’s healthcare professional or facility needs to make risk management a priority. Here are two key factors to keep in mind.
The Need for Strategies and Personnel
It is one thing to talk about risk management in healthcare, but it is another thing to implement it. Patients, providers, administrative staff, and the organization as a whole share vulnerability to risks. The strategies are important, but they should consider the health, safety, and best interest of all the individuals impacted by risk. Strategies need to be proactive rather than reactive to be effective at curbing exposures and minimizing the threat of incidents.
The Need for Decision-Making
Decision-making, whether about strategies or implementation, should be a group effort but centered on trained input. Risk managers often bear the weight of decision-making, but this perspective should take into account the needs of the different groups represented. Informed decision-making that prioritizes the improvement or maintenance of patient health and the mental, physical, and financial welfare of those serving the patients is the start of a strong risk management strategy.
Risk management in healthcare is an action step that shouldn’t ignored. It protects your organization, your healthcare professionals, and your patients.