Sociopolitics and the social determinants of health: you can’t have one without the other

Whether or not you want to “get political”, if you work in the healthcare space, you can’t run, hide, or bury your head in the sand (trust me, I’ve tried), because the truth is, there is a seemingly inextricable link between politics and healthcare. Despite my lack of comfortability even typing the word p-o-l-i-t-i-c-s in an opinion piece that is published on the web, I … Continue reading Sociopolitics and the social determinants of health: you can’t have one without the other

Patients are defining value in healthcare and we need to accept that

I’ve had a number of discussions recently at the insurer, health system and provider levels about the idea of online patient reviews and while attitudes on the topic are mixed, a few common themes emerged: 1. Insurers and health systems indicate they already have their own provider rating and review tools 2. Providers still have a sense of uncomfortability about being rated and reviewed online … Continue reading Patients are defining value in healthcare and we need to accept that

The struggle is real in healthcare.

Gaining access to high quality, equitable health care services in the United States’ system should be easy, right? My “story” is pretty relatable to clinicians and I’ve been working in the healthcare industry for nearly 8 years, so communication between us should be clear, right?  Not necessarily. I’m privileged in the sense that, in theory,  I shouldn’t face many barriers when trying to navigate the United … Continue reading The struggle is real in healthcare.

Are the social determinants of health (SDoH) just a “feel good” trend?

Christina Farr (@chrissyfarr) recently published a piece that addressed the “elephant in the room” at healthcare conferences – which is “there is very little recognition of the human cost” as it pertains to the lack of interoperability, broken processes and heavy regulation in the healthcare industry. While Christina’s article addresses the disastrous byproducts of the lack of interoperability, for instance, I’m preaching the same message, … Continue reading Are the social determinants of health (SDoH) just a “feel good” trend?

When does a patient feel most comfortable sharing personal information? You might be surprised.

In this series studying the clinician-patient relationship, an idea was introduced which suggests that the conversations not happening between clinicians and patients are putting patients at a higher risk for serious medical errors like misdiagnoses, prescribing the wrong treatment plan or prescription drug, for instance. In essence, I believe it’s a root cause of why we can’t achieve the coveted healthcare “triple aim” – improving … Continue reading When does a patient feel most comfortable sharing personal information? You might be surprised.

What motivates patients to want to share information about themselves?

In this series studying the clinician-patient relationship, an idea was introduced which suggests that the conversations not happening between clinicians and patients are putting patients at higher risk for serious medical errors like misdiagnoses, prescribing the wrong treatment plan or prescription drug, for instance. In essence, I believe it’s a root cause of why we can’t achieve the coveted, healthcare “triple aim” – improving the … Continue reading What motivates patients to want to share information about themselves?

Dear healthcare industry: blockchain, VR and AI are cool, but what about getting the basics right first?

When you hear “clinician-patient relationship”, what comes to mind? A small percentage of you may rival my enthusiasm, but for many, I suspect that trending topics like virtual reality, blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning captivate you, filling your news feeds. I get it, I really do! To be clear, all of these technological advancements are worthy of your attention, however, I often wonder why … Continue reading Dear healthcare industry: blockchain, VR and AI are cool, but what about getting the basics right first?