Are Portals and Telehealth Being Utilized and Do they Increase Value?

We continue to focus on improving access and services using technology as we move towards value-based care. Furthermore, we have experienced similar shifts away from direct human interactions with online retail and self-service banking, airline ticket purchases, etc. As we progress within this technology realm, numerous questions arise. Are consumers willing to sacrifice face-to-face visits with their clinicians… Read More »

Diagnostics & Treatment – There’s an App for That?

With healthcare continuing to focus on patient-centricity, smartphone applications “Apps” are rapidly becoming more prevalent in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions. Currently, there are approximately 325,000 health Apps on the market with consistent increased investment for the past decade. Furthermore, there are Apps that not only focus on wellness and prevention, but also help diagnose unknown symptoms… Read More »

When it comes to improving patient safety, should we be learning from the patient?

All of us in healthcare are striving to improve patient safety; but our current systems for tracking diagnostic errors have focused on individual clinicians’ decisions based on data and system designs and not information from the patient. Relatively few systems capture information from patients with the purpose of aiding in the understanding of such mistakes. A recent study… Read More »

How Should We Approach End-of-life Care?

I was recently asked by Gist Healthcare to weigh-in on end-of-life care and how we as a society should approach it and what needs to change. You can read the full interview conducted with Gist Healthcare writer Chas Roades here. But today, I am going to summarize some of my thoughts on why Advance Care Planning needs to… Read More »

Understanding Physician Burnout

Physician burnout is an ongoing discussion in healthcare. Characterized by emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, burnout is a syndrome, accompanied by a feeling of reduced personal accomplishment, loss of work fulfillment, and reduced effectiveness. Since physicians are so integral to the healthcare system, the effects of their fatigue have a global impact often leading to potential losses in productivity,… Read More »

Evidence-based Medicine Delivers Value

Improving the value of healthcare to those we serve requires us to examine not only the quality delivered but also the associated cost. Since quality and cost are interdependent and occasionally at odds with each other, managing the dynamic between the two is essential. Utilizing and practicing evidence-based medicine delivers proven enhanced quality outcomes. Thus, many experts believe… Read More »

The Behaviors or “Flaws” of a Leader

I recently read the works of Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach and best-selling author and the following really impacted my thinking on the behaviors of a leader. I wanted to share. Thank you Marshall! “Behavior flaws are not flaws of skill. Nor are they flaws in intelligence. Nor are they flaws of unchangeable personality.” (Goldsmith, 2007) What we… Read More »

Is Functional Medicine a New Trend or the Start of Something Big?

Recently, I read with piqued interest, an article concerning Parsley Health, and its foray into the market, promising a medical model that is much more holistic, with payment accomplished through a monthly subscription. Neither concept is new, but they are a progression from our present healthcare delivery. Often referred to as Functional Medicine it involves incorporating a concept… Read More »

Are Student Loans Driving Up the Cost of Healthcare?

Undoubtedly, interest was piqued by the recent announcement that all medical students at New York University will receive 100% tuition assistance. Although currently, numerous colleges are working to prevent students from acquiring a debt load, that idea, until recently, has yet to come to fruition for medical school. Moreover, there have been conversations concerning the value of the… Read More »