The Healthcare Practitioner’s Quandray

A dichotomous culture exists within the realm of medical practitioners – those who love the status quo and others who crave change.  It is well known that as a community, clinicians are not great change advocates. There is an “establishment of medicine” that’s ascribed to and some will not change what they believe is the way things must be.  Their academic brilliance can often be practically blinding.

Conversely, the growing frustration of clinicians (mostly primary care) is driving them to consider how they practice medicine and what can be done differently to bring “joy” and “fulfillment” back into their lives.  Many are burnt out.  The insurance/reimbursement traps discourage their patient engagements in the ways their training dictates patient care is ideally delivered.  But alas, what is ideal when economics are injected?

Getting to a “something different than what we have” healthcare system will take time, but it doesn’t need to be 5-10 more years of the status quo.  The essence of all change is motivation.  Often it is selfish – what’s in it for me? WIIFM… Beyond the heart is the mind and integral to them all is action.

Remote monitoring technology adoption amongst clinicians has been especially slow.  Numerous clinical trials support (on majority) the positive attributes of telehealth.  Many champions have embraced these advances but sadly, most clinicians have yet to mainstream these technologies.

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I might remember, involve me and I will understand.” – Confucius

 

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