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health care industry's paradigm shift

Please address the health care industry's paradigm shift including the topics on the attached docuemnt. Please refer to Drucker's Management Challenges for the 21st century, chapter 5.


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This was a rather complicated assignmnet since it is difficult to base the solution only on the information provided in chapter 5. I added a few articles found on the web. I would suggest that you incorporate possible examples familiar to you in most of the sections as requested in the assignment. I went ahead and included one in the first section for you as an idea on how it should be done.

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Changes in Healthcare Management

When problems or issues are seen in a different way, substantial changes can be created. Looking for solutions can become productive and new alternatives can be drafted. That is paradigm. If this mentality is applied to the healthcare industry, then it is easier to comprehend how it has and continue to develop in a paradigm shift. It is said that the power of paradigm relies on the fact that "it explains, and then it guides" (Preventive Health-care guide.com, 2008, para. 12).

In this tough economy, it is essential to explore new and innovative ways of development and strategic planning. Not too long ago, sick people would go to the hospital to be seen either at the emergency room or the clinics. This created an overcrowding of the hospital physical facilities. A strategy known as outpatient strategy was created where the delivery of care is done outside of the hospital physical facilities (Mugford, 2007). Now, sick people can go to hospital ambulatory clinics or even acute care surgical centers. These allowed the hospital to grow into those previously used space by the clinics and to grow also on services that are provided at these ambulatory settings more efficiently and less costly than at the hospital setting.

Strategic planning in the 21st century involves recognizing that no one will know best where the changes can be done at a particular level than the knowledgeable worker involved in such task. A knowledgeable worker can define the task at hand, find the barriers or challenges that prevent further growth in productivity or identify strategies to facilitate such growth ...

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The solution addresses the health care industry's paradigm shift based on chapter 5 of Drucker's Management Challenges for the 21st Century Development and Strategic Planning. Included in the essay are topics such as development and planning of a program, importance of communication and including human resources, execution and implementation of the program, and evaluation and modification of the program.