'What's the future of the hospital?' 4 healthcare executives on the biggest challenges facing healthcare in 2020

Andrea Park - Print  | 

Among the many issues the healthcare industry is grappling with, some of those most pressing to hospital and health system executives are the need for economic revitalization, the diversification of care sites and the general opacity shrouding the future of care delivery.

During a keynote panel at the Becker's Hospital Review CEO + CFO Roundtable on Nov. 11 in Chicago, four healthcare executives discussed the biggest challenges facing health systems in the coming years.

Panelists included Lynn Simon, MD, CMO and president of clinical operations at Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems; Jaewon Ryu, MD, president and CEO of Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger; Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and John Starcher Jr., president and CEO of Cincinnati-based Bon Secours Mercy Health.

When asked about the transformation they would like to see occur in healthcare in 2020 and beyond, the panelists all agreed that a major reduction in the overall complexity of the current system should be first and foremost, with a reduction in barriers to care and a renewed focus on fostering innovation to proactively keep people healthy, rather than reactively treating illness.

The panelists were also asked about what challenges in healthcare keep them up at night. Their answers ranged from issues surrounding affordability to general curiosity about the future of the industry:

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