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Exploring Human Potential

Audit for the New Health Care Professional

Posted on | January 21, 2016 | No Comments

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Mike Magee

In the shift from old models of paternalistic, reactive and interventional care to anticipatory, team-based, inclusive preventive care, health professionals need to think more strategically about their roles as leaders of the health delivery team.

What is health really but the maximization of human potential? How do we best connect patients to information, community resources, extended family and each other? What are the social determinants of health, and what are the quality of these resources in your own patient catchment area? Who is taking the family lead in each of the families you care for, and how could this person become enfranchised as a member of your care delivery team? And finally, what is your care philosophy, your strategy for delivering high quality humanistic care?

Beginning January 27th, I’ve teamed up with BHG360, a leading provider of healthcare financial solutions. The 5-part series to appear on the BHG360 site is a personal audit for the modern, progressive health professional, designed to consider and improve the fundamental underpinnings of a successful, holistic, preventive health care practice. The series includes:

  1. “The New Patient – Health Professional Relationship: Wellness Walking describes the latest research regarding the power of the patient-physician relationship and its role in forming social capital in healthy societies. Three growth areas for clinicians are highlighted – active listening, joyfulness and role modeling.”
  1. “Health Information Technology: An Underutilized Resource makes the case for health information technology as a humanizing force in health care. Clinicians are provided five questions to explore whether their attitudes toward technology are progressive and constructive.”
  1. “The Role of a Home Health Manager: Inclusion in the Health Care Team considers a modern approach to all of the human resource aspects of family health care. It defines health as human potential; considers the emergence of 4 and 5 generation families with competing needs and limited resources; and advocates for active inclusion of a lead family member (Home Health Manager) as an active member of the health care team.”
  1. “Roadmap to Health: Integrating Community Resources explores the role of community resources in the modern practice of preventive health care. The reader is introduced to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s ‘County Health Rankings & Roadmaps’ which allows practices at any location in the U.S. to explore what community resources are available to their patients and how their patient population ranks statewide on a range of public health outcome measures.”
  1. “The Secrets of Humanistic Care explores the basics of team-based, humanistic care. Using a NICU team as an example, the principles are applied to outpatient settings with a focus on inclusion, knowledge and accessibility.

Take a moment to visit BHG360 and review their unique offerings.

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