Technology Record - Issue 28: Spring 2023

162 The impact of Covid-19 has led to tremendous staffing challenges across the global healthcare industry. Whether it’s doctors, nurses, or administrative staff, the occupational distress from the pandemic has resulted in staff burnout and an understaffed sector. “There’s a shortage of 50,000 healthcare providers in family medicine within the US and roughly 1,400 in the state of North Carolina alone,” says Dr Kent Locklear, chief medical officer at Lightbeam Health Solutions. “This is a significant shortage of family doctors, who provide primary care to patients. And if you’ve got these primary care shortages, it really ramps up the stress on the existing practitioners.” Physicians are also struggling to keep up with the exploding amount of data that they now have to consider to improve patient care. It’s time to revolutionise healthcare Chief medical officer Kent Locklear of Lightbeam Health Solutions reveals how data management and analytics can reduce burnout and lead to better insights to improve patient care BY ALICE CHAMBERS INTERVIEW Photo: Unsplash/Jonathan Borba