Physician-led Management and Leadership Roles Are Critical as the Healthcare Industry Reinvents Itself
The leadership deficit in North American healthcare continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing the industry. Traditionally, the medical community has been highly independent and decentralized. Small, privately run practices have long been the standard, often to the detriment of the patients who often have to visit several specialists to manage their health. However, in recent years a concerted push has been made to transform healthcare from a small, cottage industry to a far more organized, big business. As this transformation continues, it is extraordinarily important that physicians assume leadership roles in order to move the industry forward in the 21st century.
A unique challenge that faces healthcare is that medical specialists have long operated independently from one another. The environment of corroboration and teamwork that is taken for granted in the business world hasn’t always been fully grasped by the medical community, which has developed a system that isn’t always especially patient-friendly. When a person needs to see several specialists, for example, they are left largely to their own devices, trusted that they will make the necessary appointments, visit several offices – often only during traditional business hours – and do the legwork to make sure that the various physicians communicate with one another to provide treatment.
Critics of this approach argue that the industry needs to learn the lessons of the business world and treat their patients more like customers – individuals who need to be kept happy with a tireless commitment to customer service. This continues to be one of the biggest selling points of centralized hospital groups – by bringing all of the services and specialists under a single umbrella, the system runs more efficiently.
In order to continue to evolve healthcare in the United States, a firm commitment to improving the efficiency of the system must be made – and this requires strong leadership from the physicians within the system itself. At the American Board of Physician Specialties®, we recognized the essential role that physicians will play in reinventing the medical community, and our board-certified physicians are excellent candidates to assume these management roles. By becoming board certified, our Diplomates have demonstrated a clear mastery of their specialty and have the unique opportunity to work with like-minded, board-certified physicians to improve efficiency and better serve patients.
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