American healthcare is rapidly changing due to healthcare reform. While change can spur fear in some and excitement for others, one overarching theme remains, each generation tends to deal based on their generational profile.
The most pronounced change between today’s generations is the use of technology. Similar to today’s patients, millennial doctors are ready and willing to use technology in their practice. Baby boomers are pretty much the only ones who are not necessarily to that point and are holding out on technology with a stubborn scorn. Boomers still value face-to-face communication and may not see the need for texting or emailing patients.
Boomers stand alone on this one and various other issues which raises questions about how these generations will work together in the future. Will Boomers actually retire and will the predicted shortage cause mass deficits in terms of healthcare provider’s availability? How will millenials desire for work life balance play into their desire to pay off massive student loans? What really matters most is that the generations find a successful means of communication and patient care moving forward. This will involve some give and take from physicians of all ages and will provide an interesting dynamic for healthcare.