Doctor’s Input in Healthcare Technology Could Improve the Industry

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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

3 thoughts on “Doctor’s Input in Healthcare Technology Could Improve the Industry

  1. Perhaps a collaboration between physicians and developers will make it easier for practices to adapt to new technology and minimize any negative effects on their relationships with their patients.

  2. I really think it’s important for administrative staff to handle as many non-clinical duties as possible, so that doctors can focus on spending more time with their patients. I also believe that doctors and their staff should play a more active role in improving the healthcare system, as well as developing technological advances (for the medical field).

  3. We come across many doctors who are categorized in either Group A)Patient Focused Primarily or Group B)Patient Focused and Hands on Technology. As long as technology continues to change and expand, overtime more physicians will fall into Group A, because presently we are learning that more physicians are spending quality time with their patients to address their medical needs and the Administrators are performing the tasks for which they have been trained. This is a definite improvement for patient-provider relationships.

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