Healthcare in a post-pandemic world: From trends in telehealth to staffing shortages

Dr. Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, MSc

Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician

Healthcare in a post-pandemic world: From trends in telehealth to staffing shortages

16 November 2022 | 3min

Quick Takes

  • Telehealth has been a key element in effectively addressing the vast dynamics and increased need for immediate consultation and treatment

  • Continuous new developments and alternative avenues for aiding in healthcare facility efficiency and patient care are critical

  • As more healthcare professionals approach retirement and burnout it’s important for careers in healthcare to be more accessible and affordable globally

The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside and no industry was left untouched by its effect, especially the healthcare industry. Fast forward to today and now we can see some of the benefits the pandemic brought to the industry in the form of telehealth and virtual care. However, we are still struggling with the negative effects as we transition to healthcare in a post-pandemic world, including and not limited to the impact on the shortage of healthcare workforce globally.

The Healthcare Transformers team had a chance to speak with Dr. Vin Gupta, pulmonologist, health policy expert, and medical analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Dr. Gupta shares his experience in the world of the recent global pandemic, its transformative impact on society, and what’s next and on the horizon for physician & patient communities at large for a steady progression forward. 

Additionally, Dr. Gupta elaborates on how extensive the hours were that healthcare professionals had to commit via urgent care for effective treatment at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and even now, the need for improvement and imminent shifts for enhancement of these systems have been exacerbated.

Watch the full video below or scroll through and focus on those questions that are most relevant to you.  

  1. Telehealth stepped into the forefront of healthcare delivery during the COVID pandemic.  What are the current key trends in telehealth that will become standard to care delivery? 
  2. How do you see the rise of digital tools and telehealth altering people’s attitudes towards their health and healthcare needs? 
  3. What advice would you give to healthcare executives looking to meet the changing demands and attitudes of patients? Are digital tools a necessary part of the equation? 
  4. How are health policies evolving to support the increasing use of telehealth services? Are we increasing the gap in access? 
  5. In your opinion, will at-home testing remain common-place or even expand as a result of the pandemic? 
  6. As a healthcare professional and futurist, how do you see the metaverse impacting the delivery of healthcare? 
  7. How do you envision healthcare in 5-10 years? 
  8. What are the main driving forces behind staffing shortages? 
  9. Could you provide a blueprint of actionable steps hospital executives could take to secure the retention of their current staff and attract new talent? 
  10. Burnout is an important contributor to the workforce crisis. What is the healthcare industry doing to address this issue? What is working, what is not?

Don’t have time to watch the entire video on healthcare in a post-pandemic world then check out the following summary articles with Dr. Vin Gupta!

Trends in telehealth and virtual care following the pandemic

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Dr. Vin Gupta, MD, MPA, MSc MD, MSc, MPA is a practicing pulmonologist and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In parallel, he is a Commissioned Officer (O-4, Major) in the United States Air Force Medical Reserve Corps, serving as the Officer-in-Charge of the Critical Care Air Transport Capability at Joint-Base Lewis McChord. Outside of his civilian and military clinical responsibilities, Dr. Gupta serves as Chief Medical Officer of New Health Initiatives at Amazon and a part-time medical analyst for NBC News. He’s held prior research roles at the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Bank, focused on pandemic influenza preparedness. Dr. Gupta received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, Medical Doctorate from Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has active board certification in Internal Medicine, Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine and completed his clinical training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.