Physician burnout survey continues to show it's a major problem in healthcare

CMO Brief: Physician Burnout and My Perspective

I‘ve been thinking about burnout quite a bit lately (mostly in relation to my own career), but I think that there are lessons that are more broadly applicable, so I figured I’d share over the next few posts. I began my hospitalist career…
Patient assignment software can improve care.

The Underlying Cause of Physician Burnout

In a recent opinion article in JAMA Psychiatry, authors Frederick Seacrest Southwick, MD, and Steven Mark Southwick, MD, suggest that loss of control may be the underlying cause for physician burnout and stress. The effects of stress and…
Physician burnout survey continues to show it's a major problem in healthcare

The Inherent Weaknesses of the Manual Patient Assignment Process

Ever since the emergence of hospitalists 20 years ago, the process of assigning patients to physicians has been an operational staple in hospital medicine. In fact, it hasn’t changed much in those years. A person or group (which could be administrative…
Patient assignment software can improve care.
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Improving Patient Assignments

Hospitals continue to make great strides in using technology to improve clinical operations and outcomes. Automated disinfection systems to eliminate harmful microorganisms. Telehealth to make healthcare more accessible, especially to people…
Patient assignment software can improve care.
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Clinical Workflow Impediments

While Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems in hospitals have been applauded for improving information transfer and for providing ready access to data to multiple providers, they have also been blamed for increased administrative tasks and…
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The Joy of Medicine

Nearly 20 years ago colleagues at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) used the term “healthy workplaces” to describe a positive and productive healthcare environment. Since that time, numerous studies have sought to evaluate…
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The True Cost of Physician Burnout

By the acknowledgement of just about everyone in healthcare, physician burnout has become a significant problem. But what is the cost of that problem for hospitals and is there justification for spending money on fixing it? Those were the…
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Collective Intelligence and Healthcare

If hospitals and other healthcare organizations comprise a number of very smart and intelligent individuals, shouldn’t the groups in which they participate in be more collectively intelligent as well? Not really. In fact, recent studies…
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Patient Acuity Tool: Where Are We Now?

Assessing patient acuity has been around in some version for more than 50 years. But has anything changed? Has technology improved the process of capturing a patient’s acuity so that the nursing staff can use that information to better manage…
Patient assignment software can improve care.
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MedAptus Launches New Patient Assignment Software for Nurses

Assigning patients just got a whole lot easier for charge nurses. MedAptus has launched ASSIGN for Nurses, a new software program that matches the right patients with the right nurse by applying a proprietary protocol engine designed to…