While some of the public criticism our health care delivery system has received in recent years is deserved, it's important for the morale and mental wellbeing of the nation's 18 million health care workers to appreciate how far our industry has advanced and the significant influence we have on the quality of life in this country.
Not only have there been groundbreaking advancements in medicine, but the way we have evolved our business on the administrative side has enabled health systems to integrate care across the continuum in ways that were previously unachievable. All of this progress has directly benefited the health and wellness of the patients we serve.
Certainly, all of us should continue to be advocates for change in our respective organizations, but on behalf of all health care stakeholders, I also advocate for greater optimism for what the future holds. There's no arguing that we still have a long way to go to make health care more efficient and effective, but we've made enormous strides in finding new cures and treatments for cancer, heart disease, stroke and other potentially deadly conditions, while also expanding access to care, restoring our patients' trust and delivering value.