Over the next few years, there will be many changes to the healthcare industry as a result of new laws, additional regulations, improved technology, and advances in research. Additionally, patients are becoming more empowered consumers who have are proactive and autonomous; they want their voices to be heard and understand the power of competitive choice. To meet these changing demands, the healthcare industry requires leaders, managers, and contributors who are strategic, critical thinkers that believe in shared governance. The future of healthcare requires that healthcare organizations seek more innovative ways to improve processes by utilizing lean approaches; this means that partnerships that emphasize shared sector governance versus dominance are becoming increasingly important. Traditionally, shared governance has focused on empowering individuals within the organization to provide feedback or implement strategies that would enhance the company’s image or internal moral. A new form of shared governance seeks to opportunities outside of the organization to build partnerships and work as a team to enhance the delivery of healthcare services. Additionally, it takes into consideration the patient’s perspective as one of the key drivers for decision-making.
This form of governance involves a horizontal and vertical integration of organizational and cross-sector resources to improve efficiency, and cost effectiveness. It also means utilizing a patient-centered care model that allows patients to play a more active role in selecting the best options for their care. Shared governance in the healthcare sector helps to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and the overall quality care. Collaborative governance helps the parties involved to clarify expectations and overcome challenges as a team. On the operational side, it requires that leaders and organizational managers have clearly established and adhered to procedures that are closely monitored to provide ongoing feedback. Utilizing dashboard reports, for example, can help leadership-management teams to analyze workflow reports to improve patient wait times.
When it comes to managing a medical facility, and improving the healthcare market, shared governance requires input from internal and external customers to include suppliers to the extent where their input is necessary. Can your healthcare organization, for example, negotiate better deals with vendors and pass the savings on to patients? What type of relationships has your organization established with other healthcare entities to provide continuity, coordination, and transitional care services for patients? Essential attributes of healthcare shared governance involve utilizing a business strategy that builds upon the core strength of the partners involved. These types of collaborate efforts require input and logistical management from all parties involved; thus, healthcare organizations become more interdependent on each other to improve patient care outcomes. As healthcare organizations work to build partnerships that help to improve the delivery of services, these organizations will ultimately increase their bottom-line.