Evolution of the Hospital Industry

Develop a 12-slide PowerPoint presentation in which you trace the evolution of the U.S. hospital industry by comparing and contrasting hospital care in the 1800s, the 1960s, and today.


In this course, you will analyze the historical events that brought about the U.S. health care system as it is today. You will demonstrate your understanding of the evolution in medical education, the development of health regulation, and the evolution of malpractice and quality standards.

For this assessment, you will analyze the historical events that helped to shape health care as it is currently practiced, including the many areas that are in continual change today. It is a perfect time to study the past; we are currently in another eventful time in health care, with many changes occurring that will help create yet another layer of historical events.

Demonstrating a firm understanding of the evolution of the hospital and health care industries is a fundamental component to understanding the current system. Without knowledge of the past and how it created the present, we cannot begin to understand the current changing environment. Much has changed in the level of care we are provided due to the increased level of provider education and the advent of insurance and payment systems.

With this in mind, you will analyze the evolution of hospitals and the health care industry, and the development of government payment systems like Medicare and Medicaid, along with the development of private insurance.


By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:

  • Competency 1: Analyze trends in the U.S. health care system from a historical perspective.
    • Compare and contrast the hospital environments of the 1800s, 1960s, and today.
    • Compare and contrast the staff education level and the level of care provided in hospitals of the 1800s, 1960s, and today.