Recently, AT&T has announced a huge move in the healthcare industry. Next month, AT&T Foundry of Connected Health will be opening at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute in Houston. This is also the largest medical center in the world, so this is truly big deal for the healthcare industry. According to Vice President of Ecosystem & Innovation at AT&T the whole idea of AT&T Foundry is to bring ideas from concept to commercialization faster than previously possible, and nowhere is that mission more important than in healthcare. This foundry innovation center will solely be focusing on the healthcare sector, as AT&T has six other foundry’s around the world focused on different sectors. These other foundry’s have enjoyed numerous success over the years and they hope this one will too. This particular one will help provide companies ways to enhance digital innovations that the connect caregivers and patients via wireless monitoring. How awesome is that?
This is not AT&T’s first gig in the healthcare industry. Back in 2012, they launched a remote patient monitoring system. This unique system gave bluetooth enabled devices the ability to measure weight, blood pressure and blood oxygen. Once this is was completed, all the information was then shared to doctors in the facility to examine after a hospital visit. Over the past few years, this new and innovative technology has monitored over a 1,000 patients. Impressive, right?
Chris Penrose, who is a senior vice president, Internet of Things Organization at AT&T Mobility is very confident healthcare sector will continue to enjoy success. He said “We really do believe that health care has a ton of opportunity to be transformed,” “The ability to deliver remote care involves connectivity, and that’s a great tangential area where AT&T can add great value.”
Every time you meet your patient you must understand that the health of that person is very important. To start, it can be a good idea to have plan in mind before you meet your patients. Also, being available before or after your patients visit can be beneficial in case there is something the patient needs. It can also be a good idea to let them have a say on what they feel could help them because it is a good way to have them involved when deciding what the next steps are in a visit.
Building relationships with people in any profession is important, especially in Health Care. It is extremely important for the patient to have complete trust in their primary care doctor. If you can build a relationship with them things can go much more smoothly during visits and phone calls. The more trust you have in the primary care doctor the more you will feel confident about overcoming any issues that may be concerning to you.
Listening is a key trait to have as primary care doctor. You want to make sure you are giving your patient 100% of your attention. It is vital that when you are speaking with your patient either on the phone or in person that you are listening attentively and taking notes. These notes can be beneficial when going over things in future appointments or even if you have to reference something from previous phone calls and appointments. It shows the patient that you pay very close attention to what they are saying and are willing to do anything to help them.
One of the top things to know as a primary care doctor is that the Patients are never wrong, even when you feel they might be. When things may not go the way as planned, you want to make sure that you can provide them with a solution to fix the issue rather than playing the blame game. It is likely that both of you may be upset on some of the outcomes, but it is extremely important to work together to overcome the issue.
One of the things many people ask you about your job is, do you enjoy what you do? Now, if you can’t answer that with a yes, then you should maybe find another profession. It is very important to enjoy what you do especially in this field. You are working with patients frequently and you want to give them the insurance that you love what you do and are willing to do anything to help them.