Healthcare was one of the hardest hit industries during the coronavirus pandemic and is now struggling under the burden of a weak economy. Escalating expenses, declining revenues, and staffing issues continue to plague providers, making it difficult to create environments that deliver high quality care and better health outcomes.
After the supply chain disruptions and health implications of the pandemic, 2022 was targeted as a year of growth for the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. In part, this was due to a federal infrastructure spending bill under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. However, the continued impacts of labor shortages, overpriced materials, and ongoing supply disruptions are set to interrupt the growth pattern.
Global lockdowns, supply chain breakdowns, and low employment levels have all combined to move the manufacturing industry into its current phase. With an emphasis on resiliency, sustainability, agility, and above all, employee health and safety, manufacturers must adopt new procedures and strategies, or risk being displaced by more agile competitors.
Nursing homes and assisted living centers are under a lot of operational stress right now, financially and otherwise. Managed IT can help alleviate some of this stress by taking over the critical area of network and computer systems management, freeing up resources for care.
Churches and religious organizations were heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it was laws prohibiting large gatherings in certain states and localities, or church members who were afraid to attend worship service out of fear of catching COVID, in-person church suddenly became a problem after 2,000 years.
As we continue to move through the worldwide disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing a huge uptick in the number of cyberattacks focused on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). What is even more ominous is that many of these organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or nonprofits that provide much-needed services to underserved populations. The reason more nonprofits are finding themselves in the crosshairs of hackers is that they have the perfect combination of attractive features: they are typically easy to breach because they do not have the resources to stay on the cutting edge of cybersecurity protocols and they handle a lot of sensitive and confidential information.
A new generation of healthcare consumers are demanding better care. Not only do they want access to high quality care, but they also want a more personalized health care experience. This importance of personalized engagement has only increased during the coronavirus pandemic, a trend that outlines the changing face of healthcare and the eagerness of consumers to engage with caregivers in a more open and positive way. Research from McKinsey shows the following trends are guiding personalization demands in the healthcare industry:
Utilities have been in the news a lot this past year as extreme weather events, the pandemic, and high demand have combined to cause widespread disruption. In fact, power outages alone have skyrocketed in 2020, up 73% from the previous year. Water utilities are also feeling the pinch as the coronavirus pandemic continues to drain limited resources, making it harder to serve the populations that depend on them.
Social distancing and limits on large gatherings are increasingly becoming the new normal as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact societies and markets across the globe. In response to this restriction on person-to-person contact, marketing professionals are turning to cutting-edge technologies to reach their target audiences.
In April 2020 alone, there were an astonishing 37 data breaches affecting 500 or more records each, falling close to the 2019 average of 41.9 data breaches each month.