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JAAPA. 2018 May;31(5):44-49. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000532119.06003.12.

Strategic foresight, leadership, and the future of rural healthcare staffing in the United States.

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Connie Reimers-Hild is associate executive director and chief futurist at the University of Nebraska's Rural Futures Institute in Lincoln, Neb. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Abstract

This article uses a strategic foresight tool, megatrends, to examine forces influencing long-term healthcare staffing in the rural United States. Two megatrends-exponential advances in science and technology and the continued evolution of the decentralized global marketplace-will influence and ultimately help shape the future of rural healthcare. Successful health ecosystems of the future will need to be customer-driven, more affordable, and tech-savvy. Successful evolution in an era of continuous change will require a blend of intentional engagement with stakeholders, strategic foresight, and future-focused leadership. More research is needed to fully understand not only the challenges of rural healthcare but also the emerging opportunities.

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