Patients should be the center of the new health care universe. Engaging patients is the path to more efficient and effective health care delivery, preventing disease, fostering wellness, persuading patients to take their medications, co-partnering with them to carry out their treatment regimens. Engaging patients is the holy grail.
There are those who say if doctors would only learn to talk to patients, to listen to them, , all would be well (“Can Doctors Be Taught to Talk to Patients,” New York Times", February 27, 2014).
The output of the software is the patient’s history in narrative form. The patient enters the exam room with this history, the doctor reads it, enters his findings, and the patient leaves the office with a complete medical history in hand. This approach as several distinct advantages: it saves the doctor time by getting to the essence of the patient’s problem quickly in the patient’ s terms. It engages the patient. Is is useful for coding and billing purposes. It is a complete history. It saves 6 to 8 minutes for each patient visit. It can be used as a basis for referral letters and as a justification for codes.. It reduces malpractice risks because it creating better understanding of what took place in the doctor’s office.
- · Consolidation of care into large organization – such as in hospitals, large integrated health systems, and government-sponsored accountable care organizations, featuring “team-based care” by multiple health professionals.
- · Decentralized care outside of these institutions by private physician entrepreneurs featuring one-on-one relationships in private offices and specialized doctor-own centers.