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Communication 101 Between Physicians

On behalf of Kammholz Law PLLC posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, July 7, 2011.

Doctors are a welcomed gift when a person's health needs addressed. All people want the best care possible. Patients rely on physicians for their expertise, experience and acquired wisdom. Unfortunately, when emergencies happen or a patient needs to be seen by a specialized doctor or multiple doctors, communication levels between physicians often break down. This is not only frustrating to the patient but may be extremely dangerous as well. Poor communication and a lack of coordination may cause many problems. Health statistics show it happens all too often. It is essential that physicians know their patients recent and past health history. Poor communication can mean double or wrong treatments that may result in unnecessary procedures or emergency care. Finding a way to keep doctors working together with up to date information about their patients has proven to be a huge obstacle. Talking on the telephone not only takes a lot of time, it is extremely unlikely and difficult for two doctors to be on the same schedule to discuss their shared patient. While email is fast, there is no set timetable for a returned reply. Faxed and dictated notes are becoming outdated and they too are time consuming. Policymakers must address these issues and help create required solutions for all involved. It is agreed that more paperwork and time-consuming paper work must not bog down the workplace of a physician. And yet a system needs to be in place that would allow for easy-shared access to electronic medical records. A doctor should be able to view a patient's up to date medical chart instantly. They need to be able to obtain notes given by each doctor that has been part of the patient's health history. This will result in the best care possible. Another area that could help improve communication may be found in liability reform. Emergency doctors need to feel safe and comfortable to rely on a primary doctor's input. Costs will be cut down and doctors can work together for the best interest of the patient from a personal care standpoint. These are just a few of the changes that must happen. Until there is a mandatory practiced system in place, the responsibility relies upon the doctors. Physicians must make a huge concerted effort to clearly communicate with other professional health care experts about their shared patients. Patients deserve this. Source:

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