Focus on the Future

Focus on the Future - Baldrige Health Care Core Value

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Focus on the Future

Creating a sustainable organization requires understanding the short- and longer-term factors that affect your organization and health care marketplace. The pursuit of sustainable growth and sustained performance leadership requires a strong future orientation and a willingness to make long-term commitments to key stakeholders—your patients and families, workforce, communities, employers, payors, health profession students, suppliers, and partners.

Your organization’s planning should anticipate many factors, such as changes in health care delivery systems, resource availability, patients' and other stakeholders' expectations, technological developments, new partnering opportunities, workforce development and hiring needs, the evolving importance of electronic communication and information transfer changes in customer and market segments, new health care delivery models, evolving regulatory requirements, changes in community and societal expectations and needs, and new thrusts by competitors and other organizations providing similar services. Strategic objectives and resource allocations need to accommodate these influences. A focus on the future includes developing your leaders, workforce, and suppliers; accomplishing effective succession planning; creating opportunities for innovation; and anticipating societal responsibilities and concerns.

A major long-term investment associated with health care excellence is the investment in creating and sustaining an assessment system focused on health care outcomes. This entails becoming familiar with research findings and ongoing application of assessment methods. +

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