As the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare industry faces a variety of ongoing challenges and shifts in delivery of care, according to a new 2022 predictions report.
1. Health disparities will negatively impact rural Americans twice as much as urban Americans
2. Labor shortages will double the medication error rate among providers
3. Healthcare will no longer be considered a trusted industry as misinformation and cyberattacks continue
4. Sixty percent of virtual care visits will be related to mental health
5. The number of hospital-at-home providers will triple
Source: Fierce Healthcare
Antibiotic Prescriptions Associated With COVID-19 Outpatient Visits Among Medicare Beneficiaries, April 2020 to April 2021
Outpatient Visits for COVID-19 and Associated Antibiotic Prescriptions Among Medicare Beneficiaries Aged 65 Years or Older, by Setting, US, April 2020 to April 2021. The volume of COVID-19 visits differed by setting: emergency department, 525 608 (45.8% of all visits); office, 295 983 (25.3%); telehealth, 260 261 (22.3%); and urgent care, 77 268 (6.6%).
Source: Journal of American Medical Association Network