Environmental Scan 2018


Finding common themes and insightful trends in the health care field in this time of transformation and uncertainty can be challenging. But we must if we want to be proactive and shape events rather than merely react to them. Understanding the current climate and the direction of health in America will help us in our work to shape the health care delivery system of the future.

The legislative and policy work happening in Washington, D.C., and 50 state capitals is not the only driver of environmental changes. Advances in science, technology and information management; new models of care; changes in consumer preferences; and the growth of chronic conditions also play a large role. Addressing these issues provides us with the opportunity to find the best solutions for our patients and communities. The American Hospital Association and America’s hospitals and health systems are seizing this moment and working to ensure:

  • Coverage and access for all.
  • High-value care.
  • Patients, families and other stakeholders are involved as partners.
  • Well-being and prevention.
  • Services that are provided in a coordinated, seamless manner.