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?

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