As time progresses, the way medical practices adapt to new needs may make or break the synergy of the healthcare setting. Rapid advancements with technology, psychological research, and management promote diverse ways for teams and practices to meet such new needs.
Yet one prevailing mentality undermines them all: “this is how it has always been done.”
Yet, this is not how it always has to be. Fortunately, many are turning away from this traditional and limiting mantra, instead embracing the following three ways to revamp one’s medical practice.
Adoption and Training of New Technologies
Integrating medical technologies may be one of the most powerful ways to improve one’s practice economy sector while simultaneously improving the quality of patient data and patient care. The electronic medical records provide a complete medical history, accessible from any EMR-integrated device, streamlining data for effective care. Charge capture platforms are revolutionizing a similar approach: For instance, DocCharge integrates patient data, billings, and medical necessity information all in a single platform to save practices time and revenue by addressing missed charges.
Tracking Patient Generated Health Data
The increased presence of smartphones and wearable health devices provides a source for passively generated health data. Smartphones can determine heart rates using flashlights and the pulse of your index finger with acceptable accuracy (80-91%). Individual sleep data can help patients view a different perspective into their sleep-health life. Diabetes apps automatically track previous glucose readings.
Accuracy improvement with such apps for informed patients may potentially reduce the risk of harm from consequential conditions. Perhaps, the increase in informed patients may lead to better investment in one’s medical practice.
Adopting the Checklist
Lastly, an often forgotten and extremely simple tool continues to be the checklist. The checklist has made a recent resurgence in hospital and hospice environments, after the release of Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto. His book espouses the tool as a way to lower the amount of medical error and improve communication between medical teams in surgical settings. Data generated from his simple implementation shows that surgical complications decreased by a third when using checklists. The checklist helped prevent missed pre-op antibiotics and better communication by introducing new team members. Checklists can serve both your practice, and staff in making less errors, and ensuring all activities are done consistently across patients.
At the end of the day, the answer to improving medical practice is not to increase specialization and expertise. But rather to adapt new tools and familiar methods that always challenge the notion: this is how it has always been done.
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