Author: Gail R Wilensky, PhD

Gail Wilensky: Cybersecurity in healthcare has emerged as a national priority

The threat of cyberattacks on healthcare facilities has taken on a new immediacy with the increased use of electronic communication during the pandemic. The issue of cybersecurity has rapidly risen to become a predominant concern for healthcare organizations, with profound implications for the nation as a whole.a The issue is particularly concerning where cyberattacks can…

Gail R Wilensky, PhD December 5, 2022

Gail Wilensky: Achieving health equity in the U.S. requires a preventive approach

Social determinants of health (SDoH) present a severe challenge for our nation by perpetuating inequities both in access to care and in the quality-of-the outcomes of care. Although interventions that address the challenges posed by SDoH are helpful throughout a person’s life, they can be most helpful if they occur early on, with a focus on enhancing early childhood education and food security.

Gail R Wilensky, PhD August 31, 2022

Gail Wilensky: Labor issues dominate hospitals’ concerns

The first quarter of 2022 saw a confluence of trends emerging from the pandemic, some good and some bad for hospitals, making it important for hospitals to take time now to review where they are and what actions they should take to address these trends.

Gail R Wilensky, PhD March 31, 2022

Gail Wilensky: Physician payment and SDoH challenges loom large on nation’s path to value

Two primary obstacles stand in the way of the nation's ability to achieve cost-effective health and healthcare delivery: the slow transition to value-based payment by physicians and the need to address social determinants of health.

Gail R Wilensky, PhD November 30, 2021

Time for another extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency?

Hospitals and other healthcare providers are starting to ask whether it would be prudent and appropriate for the government-declared public health emergency (PHE) to be extended once again.

Gail R Wilensky, PhD September 30, 2021

The 2021 outlook for hospitals: Reviews are mixed despite the large number of people already vaccinated in the United States

Most industry voices are predicting 2021 will be a financially challenging year for U.S. hospitals. But the outlook for some hospitals actually may be positive.

Gail R Wilensky, PhD June 1, 2021

U.S. faces a challenging road to recovery after COVID-19

President Biden faces an enormous challenge in achieving his promise of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide and bringing the nation back to economic prosperity. Time will tell if the President can delive on that promise.

Gail R Wilensky, PhD March 31, 2021

U.S. hospitals face bleak future after difficult 2020

The nation's hospitals face a long and difficult road ahead before they will see anything like a recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gail R Wilensky, PhD January 29, 2021

Spillover effects of COVID-19 portend growing challenge for hospitals

Far more attention has been paid to the direct effects of COVID-19 on the healthcare system, including on hospitals, than to its indirect effects on hospitals, which include the impact on care other than COVID-19-related care.

Gail R Wilensky, PhD November 24, 2020

Status check on Haven’s ambitious healthcare venture

The healthcare collaboration by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, announced in January 2018, has encountered challenges in the past two years that have caused it to fall short of initial expectations.

Gail R Wilensky, PhD October 1, 2020
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