AHA releases healthcare workforce toolkit

With the release of a new digital toolkit, Strengthening the healthcare workforce, the American Hospital Association aims to help its members navigate workforce challenges and opportunities, and highlight strategies and resources.


Part of the report, Team Building, shares recruiting and retention strategies, diversity and inclusion, and innovative HR models.

According to the report’s introduction, the AHA does not intend the toolkit to be all-inclusive. Instead, it is a companion to other resources in the AHA playbook that address the long-term sustainability of the healthcare workforce. Each part includes:

  • Key considerations and questions to drive action

  • Suggestions for discussions with team members

  • Lessons learned and top action items for CEOs and leaders

AHA has developed the team building and previously released sections – Team Support and Data and Technology to Support the Workforce – under an action framework.

The framework addresses current and short- and long-term challenges, including creating a healing culture, innovative people, technology solutions, updating care model design, integrating technology, leadership development, educational models and pathways, strategic workforce planning, and more.

Each section contains links to studies, articles, models and assessment tools, as well as advice that can help. Hospital and health system leaders revolve around their team building approaches.

Notably, Chapter 4 on Data and Analytics discusses the collection of internal data for decision-making from HR departments and additional internal data sources, such as the daily patient census. dates, quality measures and financial records.

“Data is a team effort. Without a doubt, there is a wealth of important information across the organization that, when aggregated, provides insights,” advises the toolkit.

“As you move into testing different interventions and models, make sure you invest in collecting and reviewing data to evaluate these metrics.”


Just this week, another research report from the American Medical Association, the Mayo Clinic and Stanford Medicine found that Doctor burnout is at an all-time high.

As we reported earlier this year, More than half of all healthcare workers say they’re experiencing burnout – and that’s driving many out of the industry.

A report shows 90% of nurses are considering quitting.

It is imperative that health system leaders work to address workforce challenges, including pandemics, safety concerns, technology challenges, EHR dissatisfaction and burdensome documentation requirements.


“The landscape has changed; we cannot expect the same results with a one-size-fits-all approach to recruitment,” according to the source, developed with experts from the Society’s Task Force. AHA Board of Directors

“Healthcare workers are wearing out – addressing wellbeing, as well as supporting flexibility and family life, is key to maintaining a strong team. Good culture where members are within the team feels valued, which is essential to maintaining a dedicated workforce.”

Andrea Fox is the senior editor of Healthcare IT News.
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Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS publication.


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