Talent Tuesday: COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerates the Reinvention of the Healthcare Workforce

Healthcare leaders, clinicians, and educators have responded to the crisis by developing innovative workforce solutions and education strategies to keep pace with changing care-delivery models.

According to a new report from Wolters Kluwer, Health (@wkhealth), lessons learned during the pandemic are creating a workforce better prepared to apply technology, to analyze and use data, to implement new care-delivery models for individual and population health, and to work in environments in which rapid change is the norm.

The report, Preparing for a Transformed Healthcare Workforce, indicates that those who prepare and manage the healthcare workforce will have an important role to play, as a reset is required in how future clinicians prepare for practice, in how continuous learning gets integrated into daily work for practicing clinicians, and in how hospitals and health systems support and deploy that workforce.

“In a healthcare system, the most valuable commodity is the workforce that cares for patients. Patient outcomes are optimized if healthcare workers are valued, have adequate resources, are properly trained, and feel safe in the care environment.” — Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, CRNP, FAAN, Chief Nurse of Health Learning, Research & Practice, Wolters Kluwer, Health

The report also suggests that matching what we know about the ways healthcare is changing and the adaptability of the workforce with how we organize and train those who are delivering care puts a successful revolution in reach, and that revolution will dramatically transform both the workforce and the quality of care it delivers.

About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the clinicians, nurses, accountants, lawyers, and tax, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and regulatory sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with advanced technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2019 annual revenues of €4.6 billion. The group serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries, and employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands.

Wolters Kluwer provides trusted clinical technology and evidence-based solutions that engage clinicians, patients, researchers and students in effective decision-making and outcomes across healthcare. We support clinical effectiveness, learning and research, clinical surveillance and compliance, as well as data solutions.