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Whether they’re serving in a clinical or non-clinical role, healthcare providers have a strong desire to help patients and truly care for others. The care team knows that each patient is unique with different health concerns; backgrounds; beliefs; family and economic situations; and health literacy. They must meet patients and caregivers where they are and engage by being fully present, empathetic and understanding. This type of effective communication builds trust with patients, and likely increases patient satisfaction, adherence, and improves quality of care and health outcomes.
For a patient who is newly diagnosed with a chronic disease or a serious illness such as cancer, the care team is a lifeline. Patients and their caregivers can be thrown into this unfamiliar world where they must act quickly across a complex healthcare system and yet don’t even know how to spell most of the medical terms. They are trying as fast as possible to learn about the illness; understand their options; undergo lab work and tests; comprehend insurance coverage and billing; and gain emotional support. The nature of the patient-care team relationship is intense — and stressful for all parties involved. Managing cumulative stress has always been necessary.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, burnout is at an alarming rate among healthcare workers with two-thirds of physicians experiencing at least one symptom of burnout, and more than one-third (34%) of nurses say it’s very likely that they will leave their roles by the end of 2022. Earlier this year, the US Surgeon General issued a General Advisory on Addressing Health Worker Burnout citing actions that need to be taken by the various stakeholders, including technology companies, which need to design technology to better serve the needs of health workers, the care team and patients across the continuum of care.
Technology can help resolve inefficient workflows and reduce non-clinical work and support the care team as they engage with patients — if it’s used as a tool that organically fits into the caring for patients and caregivers. A patient communication or engagement solution should complement the user’s effort, not create additional work and should aim to incorporate active listening and empathy capabilities to effectively understand a patient’s questions and concerns.
Let’s reimagine how we might give more time back to care team members so they can spend more focused time with patients or have more personal time. Here are some ways where we might be able to use technology in a meaningful way.
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