By Mike Abrams, Ohio Hospital Association
As we dive into 2018, it’s safe to say that change and uncertainty represent the new normal for those of us who work in healthcare. This uncertainty, paired with fierce competition, is not for the faint-hearted. As leaders, we can work to facilitate collaboration that inspires creativity, problem solving and innovation that will serve the greater good.
As president and CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association, I have watched our members deal with these challenges, as well as changes brought on by federal legislation like the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act, over the last eight years. To help our member hospitals and health systems address these issues, we have elevated our role to lead, leverage and facilitate collaborations to bring our members closer together and develop new ways to address the issues at hand.
We’ve accomplished this by having open and honest conversations about industry changes and the importance of having a united front. We have also provided forums for our members to leverage their collective intelligence to find solutions to complex problems.
As an association, we are in a unique position to help our members achieve success during times of uncertainty through strategic collaboration. But these collaborations are not exclusive to healthcare associations. Any sector of the industry can collaborate on issues big and small that will impact its patients, its business or its employees. So whether you are a leader in health IT, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, supply chain management or another segment of the industry, there are ways for you and your peers to put your competitive differences aside and work toward collaborative change. [Read more…]