As the healthcare payment system and information technology continue to change, many doctors are concerned about what these changes may mean for the patient-provider relationship.
Doctors go into medicine not because they enjoy paperwork and data entry, but because they want to help their patients by providing diagnoses and prescribing treatments. However, many healthcare providers believe that modern medicine has become too complicated and bureaucratic. Technology, structuring, and finances have begun to interfere with the quality of the doctor-patient relationship. More time is spent on generating a profit and trying to understand the technology than is spent working with the patients. It’s important for healthcare professionals to recognize the importance of promoting medical professionalism.
Doctors need to play a more active role in shaping the future of healthcare. Who better to design the system than those who work within it? Doctors are best suited to create a healthcare system that emphasizes the importance of the patient-provider relationship. Technological advances need to be made that involve the patient and improve that relationship.
According to The Physicians Foundation, over 82 percent of physicians believe they have little ability to improve the healthcare system. The chance to get involved in helping to develop better clinical information systems can change this statistic.
In truth, most doctors want nothing more than what’s best for their patients. If doctors are willing to be involved in the design process, they can truly make a difference in the lives of their patients and the healthcare system as a whole.
Author: Lauren Daniels