In ten years I envision healthcare and the role of the healthcare providers much different than what it is now. First of all the, the Healthcare landscaping is changing with the advancement of medical technology. According to a research by the University of Chicago, it predicts a 21% increase in the Information Technology (IT) jobs in healthcare by 2020. These increases are to accommodate for the increase in medical technology such as digital diagnostic for patients who are unable to get to a doctors office, increase in health informatics such as electronic records systems, digital therapy for patients who can’t get to a clinic for therapy, and ultra-fast medical devices such as scans and x-ray machines (Gilpin, 2014).
I also believe that in ten years the healthcare providers landscaping will look a lot different than now. One of the changes I envision is the Nurse Practitioners (NPs) assuming the main role as primary care providers. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) projects a shortage of 20,400 physicians in 2020, but notes that the shortfall could be reduced to 6,400 with effective integration of nurse practitioners and physician assistants (mid-level providers trained under a medical model) into the system (Nurse Practitioners, 2014). I believe that the NPs are the solution for the shortage of physicians in the near future. There is legislation in progress right now in the congress and senate of almost every State in United States to adopt full practice authority (FPA), for NPs. Currently more than 40 percent of the states have adopted FPA licensure and practice laws which authorize NPs to deliver care without the prerequisite of a regulated relationship with a physician. These states recognize that yesterday’s outmoded hierarchical care model cannot meet today or tomorrow’s health care needs (Hebert, 2016). I believe that soon in the next few years all of the states will adopt the FPA licensure and practice laws for NPs, and when that happens, NPs will become the main primary care providers in this country.
I think in 2025 when I look back on the landscape of healthcare and the role of healthcare providers in 2012, I will see them as less advanced and I am sure I will say things like “wow I can’t believe people use to only receive healthcare if they get out of their house and go to a clinic or hospital”, or “ I don’t know how we provide healthcare in 2012 with electronic medical records, digital diagnostic, ultra-fast health care machines etc.”. Mainly I think I will look back and be in disbelief that NPs in 2012 practiced under striated supervision of Physicians.