How will a consultant help you address the challenges that impact healthcare?

Posting date: 08 March 2023

There has never been a better time to bring an experienced senior consultant into your team. The increasing cost of doing business, the potential for data breaches, and poor patient experience are key areas where most healthcare companies can improve. Recruiting a consultant to help in these areas can provide a fresh perspective and valuable experience.


Here are just some of the ways that consultants can help you overcome these hurdles.

Challenges in the healthcare industry

The healthcare industry in Switzerland faces new and existing challenges. The right healthcare consultant can help you address and overcome each of these challenges, by putting the spotlight on the way that your team operates and identifying untrodden routes.


1.     High costs in the Swiss healthcare industry

Switzerland has one of the highest standards of medical care in the world. However, this quality comes at a steep cost. According to a 2016 report from St Gallen University, “Switzerland occupies one of the upper places in international studies comparing health systems.”

The country has an ageing population coupled with a high cost of doing business, and costs can skyrocket if not kept in check. Thankfully,
innovation and technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), can help lower costs. A skilled healthcare technology consultant can help you implement these solutions and bring your costs down substantially.


2.     Managing sensitive healthcare data

Increasingly, healthcare professionals at all levels must deal with an incredible amount of data. This data is often a positive - data-driven healthcare is one way to continuously improve the patient experience, especially as the population ages. However, it can be a challenge to manage and protect this sensitive information, which is crucial. Data breaches destroy patient trust and damage company reputations, as we saw when 200,000 diagnostic images were leaked online in 2019.


A life sciences consultant or cybersecurity consultant can create data management systems to ensure that your organisation is using the data to its highest potential, as well as keeping it safe and secure. In addition, they’ll ensure that your data is stored and shared correctly and used to benefit both patients and the company. As cyber threats increase in Switzerland, cybersecurity consultants are some of the most in-demand professionals in the market.


3.     Improving patient experience in the Swiss medical industry

One of the biggest hurdles in the industry is always improving patient experience, lowering wait times, and improving outcomes. Of course, this starts with keeping their data safe, but it extends to many other areas of care.

In their 2019 report
Enhancing the Quality and Safety of Swiss Healthcare, Vincent and Staines found several critical areas where healthcare providers were failing patients, including medication errors leading to adverse drug reactions, elder abuse, and a lack of support for providers. They recommend more training, stronger leadership, and more patient involvement, which are all areas where a skilled senior consultant can help your organisation.

If you're still questioning your next hire, then head to our blog: Are business consultants worth the time and investment?

Beginning the search for a healthcare consultant

Life sciences recruitment isn't always easy. That’s why the most successful companies rely on recruitment agencies like Swisslinx.

Swisslinx is the first place that any Swiss company should begin the search for new healthcare strategy consultants. Not only do we have local Swiss expertise and cultural understanding, but we have industry-wide connections and access to the right talent.

We're a specialist recruitment agency with a laser focus on financial services, digital and technology, healthcare and life sciences, and commodities and natural resources. We help clients like you thrive by finding the top talent in the market and putting you in a better position to attract the best recruits.

Get in touch with Swisslinx to discuss your hiring needs and discover more about their expertise in recruiting consultants.

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