Friday, September 26, 2014

Patients and Family Doctors

Where are we doctors without you?
You are a health expert.  You know how to get sick.
You know how to take care of your self.
Up to a point.

You know our office staff.
You know our magazines.
You know Dr Google and Web MD
You do self care well.
Up to a point.

You know your story.
You know your support system.
You know how you cope with illness and adversity.
You know what we do.
Up to a point.

We know our medical system.
We know how to doctor.
We know how to care.
We know how to comfort.
Up to a point.

We know medicines.
We know hospitals.
We know other specialists.
We know laboratories.
We know imaging centers.
Up to a point.

We know that you matter.
We know that you may need help when you're ill.
We know how to listen to your story.
We know how to validate your worth.
Up to a point.

Together, we find meaning.
For our lives.
For our illnesses.
For our coping strategies.
For our ultimate demise.
Up to a point.

We comfort each other.
We honor each other
We confide in each other.
In our own way.
Up to a point.

At the point of connection.
At the point of respect.
At the point of shared humanity.
At the point of wholehearted contentment.
At the point of God's Creation
Within which we share as patient and doctor,
Human and human, teacher and learner,
learner and teacher, steward and steward.
Heart to heart.
There is a piece of God.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Humans and Tech: Will it Work for Family Medicine?

"By People, For People" Velocity NY 2014 Keynote by Tim O'Reilly.  Tim gives a great message about the human element in tech starting with  We can learn a lot about the human element, leadership and tech from him.

Is this the message for Family Medicine. Get back on the horse and reconnect the human aspects of health care?

Will IT listen?  I believe the people in IT will. Let's hug IT folks and move ahead together.  The Human Centered Health Home (HCHH) is an example of how to apply human centering in patient care.  Search this blog site for my many posts about it.  One point in human centering is that we are all in this together.  Human to human we can Respect, Protect, Connect, Detect, Correct our situations and Reflect on them individually and together. Posts to Define HCHH

Hug IT now!  You may come up with something as good as Elation EMR ( which allows human elements of the encounter to come out.  They have very helpful humans like Vanessa Rodgers and Drew Varady in their company, too, which is the essence of what Tim O'Reilly discusses above.

Hug IT now!  It's time to move ahead together.  Family Medicine will use it well if we develop it well.  If we wait for someone else to do it, we may lose.  We have the heart that the electronic part of medicine needs. Let's take the next step to prove it.  Dive into an EMR and give it a heart if it's missing.  Get connected to high tech, low price front line health care items, like the cell phone ecg and have more fun than you can stand.

High Tech, High Touch.  Sounds like Family Medicine to me.

Hug IT now!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thanks, Readers for 100,000 Page Views

Bloggers enjoy writing, at least I do, and readers.  Thanks to the many Dr Synonymous readers for 100,000 page views.  It tells me that there are readers of the blog and reassures me that I should keep writing.

Family Medicine is my main message.  I love Family Medicine and doing what Family Doctors do.  I'm passionate about the importance of my specialty for the health of individuals, families and communities (and the nation).  I still believe we have a lot to offer during and after the transformation of health care.  I'll write more about it.

Patients are even more interesting, and more important, than Family Medicine.  Their stories are meaningful and compelling.  Their lives are sometimes misaligned with their values, goals and dreams.  I enjoy validating their worth and helping with the "realignment".  I try to write about our shared humanity and the process of care.

Thanks again to Mike Sevilla, MD aka, Dr Anonymous (The "King" of social media in Family Medicine) for leading the way.

More later.  Thanks, Readers.