Chrissy Farr at CNBC has reported that Slack may be posturing for a health care move. Recent changes in the site’s HIPAA compliance suggest that it may be readying to allow providers to share patient information in a clinical environment. I’m thrilled. Why? Physicians have no means of communication. Sounds dramatic? Not really. Or, I should qualify that they have ... Continue Reading about Slack – 4 Ways It Will Save Health Care
You may have heard of the Bullet Journal, the latest trend for the productivity-obsessed. Billed as ‘the analog method for the digital age,’ it’s ironic that Bullet Journal recently released an app. An app for your phone, the very thing sworn off by Bullet Journal. Maybe they realized that the best tool for capturing an idea is the one in your pocket (smart ... Continue Reading about Bullet Journal – The Analog Process That Went Digital
Tom Peters inspired me this with The Speed Trap: When Taking Your Time (Really) Matters. So much of his thinking in management can be translated to medicine. So it got me thinking ...what are the things in medicine that should be methodical? What should be done slowly? To the uniformed reader, the answer will seem obvious: everything. But in medicine there is ... Continue Reading about Methodical Medicine: Things That Should be Done Slowly
It’s often assumed that decision making in medicine should be done slowly. As a young trainee I was lead to believe that the doctor with slow medical thinking is more thorough. Conversely we assume the faster moving professional is cutting corners. But the time in any clinical day is fixed and our bandwidth is a zero-sum game. While respecting the risk for ... Continue Reading about Fast and Slow Medical Thinking
Doctors have clinic schedules. Based on these schedules, patients are expected to arrive at a certain time. In turn, they expect a certain amount of face time with the doctor. In my clinic, a new patient is scheduled for 30 minutes and a follow-up 15 minutes. But humans and their problems rarely fit into 15 and 30 minute blocks. So how does it work? Something ... Continue Reading about The Human Nature of Clinic Schedules
Should healthcare be inconvenient by design? And should slow medicine be the default option in some circumstances? Slow medicine is a movement calling for change in medical practice which is inspired by the slow food movement. “Like for the slow food movement, slow medicine is a call to balance over-emphasis on fast processes which reduce quality.” But real-time ... Continue Reading about Slow Medicine – Should Healthcare be Inconvenient?