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?

Patient perceptions of power dynamics are a root cause of our healthcare woes

When asked, “If a clinician makes a medical diagnosis and/or tells me what I should do to treat a condition, I believe that I can tell the clinician that I disagree or will not follow what they have asked me to do”, 51% of patients I surveyed in the U.S. and U.K. responded that they were undecided or disagreed. This reported lack of patient confidence … Continue reading Patient perceptions of power dynamics are a root cause of our healthcare woes

Fact: patients are clueless about the clinician-patient relationship

The majority of patients are clueless as to what their role is in the clinician-patient relationship. Whilst this cluelessness can transcend a patient’s gender identity, racial identity, sexual orientation, educational level, socioeconomic status and age, to name a few, it disproportionately impacts marginalized communities. I find this cluelessness troubling. It’s a real problem and I’m curious to learn more about the phenomena, so over the coming … Continue reading Fact: patients are clueless about the clinician-patient relationship

Healthcare: the silence is killing us

You can look at the healthcare industry through many lenses — from the health insurance perspective to the clinician perspective and everything in between. No matter which lens is chosen, all views can see its complexity. One deeply complex, niche area I have developed an interest in is both the conceptual and practical ways in which clinicians and patients interact with one another. You may be … Continue reading Healthcare: the silence is killing us