In 2020, the US will need an additional 10,000 nurses to serve the country’s nearly 21 million residents.
As of 2020, that number is expected to grow to 15,000.
But, as the number of healthcare consultants is projected to rise, so will the demand.
And that demand will be driven by a number of factors, including the growth of new healthcare startups, more hospitals offering services outside the scope of traditional ER visits, and the growing demand for nurses to perform the most basic tasks.
The healthcare consultant’s job, then, is to help healthcare providers and hospitals build systems to make the patient experience better and more seamless.
The best way to do that is to know what you’re doing, says John D. Hagerty, a professor of management at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
“You can’t get in and get out of it.”
The good news is, Hager, a former healthcare consultant, has spent decades helping healthcare providers build systems that can help patients and the healthcare system.
“I think consultants can help the healthcare team understand what is happening in their environments, and how they can improve,” he says.
And he points out that they are not just doctors and nurses.
“Consultants can help a lot of different entities, from insurance companies to insurance brokers, to hospitals, to governments,” he explains.
“They can help with technology, for example.”
In this article, Hagers guide to the healthcare consultant gig, we explore the skills you need to become one.
A nurse’s job: Hager is the co-founder of the American Hospital Association, which represents more than 10,600 healthcare providers across the country.
He says a healthcare professional needs to be able to: Communicate effectively and efficiently