Tag Archives: non-clinical determinants of health

Understanding Virtual Primary Care, And the Value It Brings

As we continue to identify the benefits of telehealth, we must delineate how this form of technology most efficiently impacts primary care services. One can view such digital interventions as either substitutive or additional. If one utilizes an electronic visit instead of an in-person visit, this is an example of substitution. We are now categorizing this modality as… Read More »

Taking a Look at How Clinical Care and Public Health Intersect

Undeniably, individual rights are foundational to our civil liberties. However, we are also socially minded, meaning thinking beyond individual needs, and therefore, we must bridge this polarity. From a care perspective, these dualities remain in two different verticals,1. medical care/treatment, and 2. public health. For example, when I discuss a condition and treatment options with a patient, the… Read More »

The Challenges with the “Not-Invented-Here Syndrome” in Healthcare

As we continue to enhance our care models and desire to deliver on value-based care, exactly how we embrace external disciplines in our pursuit of success is crucial. Often called the “Not-Invented-Here Syndrome,” (NIHS) is a situation where a profession only looks for solutions within the context of their own area of expertise. This condition plagues medicine, limits… Read More »

Healthcare and policing violence: The need to work together

Health in the United States has become segmented and siloed. Failing to acknowledge the connections between situations that impact us, leads us to miss opportunities to fully explore creating models that improve results. Violence remains a leading cause of healthcare issues, both from a quality of life and cost perspective. While those in healthcare and law enforcement understand… Read More »

Work affects health, and health affects work

As we focus on improving the health of those we serve, we must remember the interaction between one’s health and one’s work. When we think about work-related events, we tend to think about injuries and taking time off when we are sick. The interactions between the two are much greater. There has always been a focus on employee… Read More »

The combination of physical limitations and chronic conditions is costly

As we move to value-based care models, where we place our focus becomes very important. With limited resources both in dollars and human capital, knowing where to spend our energy is dependent on knowing information driven by data. Sometimes dictum is driven more from thought than fact. We focus a great deal on those with multiple chronic diseases,… Read More »