Smart Business Great Medicine shares knowledge to help Physicians and Practice Managers overcome challenges to transform their Medical Practices.
Part 2 of Scott Cochran Interview
This is Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Scott Cochran discussing leadership and football.
Part 1 Scott Cochran Interview
This is Part 1 of our exclusive interview with Scott Cochran discussing leadership and football.
COVID-19 Will Change the Medical Workspace
Our offices probably never will be the same after COVID-19 and in truth, our practices shouldn’t be the same. In fact, our offices should have been better designed all along instead of being left as they were because that was just how it was done. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a wave of change upon us. Let’s make sure the change is meaningful and important. Let’s use it to ensure that health care practitioners have a say in the practice of medicine instead of having to do it because someone else said so.
Technology Needs to Solve Problems—Not Amplify Them
The disaster that is the COVID-19 pandemic will leave large numbers of chronically ill patients requiring treatment for lung scarring, neurologic conditions, and more for many years to come. A system already failing many and under-delivering to most will be further taxed.The present crisis is exposing some of the many deficiencies in our system and revealing the need for a sweeping transformation of health care delivery. For years, technology has been pushed into medicine. Often these software systems and devices were created by individuals with little or no clinical experience and then touted as THE SOLUTION. In other cases, physicians created their own systems, which often more closely address the problems in medical practice, but usually do not leverage the technology to its fullest. We need medical technology solutions—not just packages and devices. So far, most electronic health records (EHRs) have created more burdens than they have relieved. Office software systems can stoke burnout. Most telehealth systems are little more than secure video chat systems tied to burdensome documentation system. To provide good care, providers need more. Physicians need help. Patients deserve better.
Could Rural Medicine’s Approach to COVID-19 Solve Long-Standing Disparities in American Healthcare?
Solving the problems in these rural areas is critical. And, there may be a silver lining. Solving the problems of medical care in these areas would create the model for addressing them in other areas, including those that are less disadvantaged. Rural medical solutions can be transferred up to urban and tertiary care centers. Solutions developed in cities and tertiary care centers, unfortunately, are less like to be applicable in underserved rural communities. We must bridge the gap between medicine and technology in a way that allows physicians to care for patients. Enjoy the podcast.
Great Leaders: Consensus Makers or Dictators?
Got an issue that needs to be dealt with in the office? Everyone does—that’s why we created SBGM. Great leadership requires effective management and active listening. It also takes a thoughtful approach to how problems are addressed. Are you going to sit down with all concerned parties and work through to a consensus? Or will you go to the opposite end of the spectrum and simply “lay down the law” without any input from others? Consensus-maker sounds so much more appealing. Dictator sounds ruthless. In real-world medicine, the truth is there is room for a bit of both.