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2AbstractIn the modern changing environment, managers need to adopt techniques that can enablethem to adapt and thrive in the new environment. The best way to do this is to come up withstrategic flexibility so that they can respond to arising challenges speedily. As they occur,strategic flexibility is the ability of an organization to promptly identify changes in real-time, inthe external environment, allocate enough and necessary resources like finances, technology, andhuman resource to respond to the changes, and also to organize and respond promptly when it istime to divert the resources that had been previously allocated, (Flexibility in healthcareenvironments, 2020).Strategic flexibility requires managers to be aware of the time to commit their resourcesto respond to changes in the working environment and to know when to avoid makinginvestments on projects that cannot yield results. In the healthcare sector, strategic flexibility isessential since many changes occur starting from record-keeping, maintaining security forpatients' records, avoiding cyber-attacks, technological changes that demand new ways of doingthings and solving problems, etc. The pandemic outbreak has also resulted in changing the usualway of operation of the healthcare sector, where some of them had to be closed since they hadnot prepared for change. With strategic planning, healthcare sectors will always be ready for anychange that might occur.Explain flexibility as a tool for strategically adapting and changing in the healthcareorganization.In the healthcare sector, flexibility addresses the need to evolve to modern and necessaryactions over a short and extended period. Some changes need to be responded to immediately by
3the healthcare sector to improve service delivery or prevent causality. There are also the needsthat need to be responded to for an extended period by the healthcare sector. For example,suppose there is a temporary outbreak of a contagious disease. In that case, strategic flexibilitywill enable the hospital manager to make temporary changes to address the issue. For instance,building tends outside for patients to stay until the outbreak is over.In the event of a long-term outbreak like COVID-19, there are other strategic measuresthat the healthcare sector needs to put in place, which will be a standard way of operation. Therewere few cases of cyber-attacks on healthcare sectors in the past, and hospitals had little securityon their data. In the modern world, cybercriminals shift their attention to healthcare sectors tosteal patients' data, infect computers for ransomware, and then demand payment. Strategic

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