pediatric practice improvement

Upgrade office triage to expedite careThis article describes how a mobile application, a “web widget,” and an office triage support tool can expedite and improve your existing office triage capabilities.
Pediatric call centers fast-track urgent careThe first call center was introduced in 1988 as a uniquely pediatric innovation. This month’s article presents a brief history of call centers, discusses their advantages, and describes how they will improve patient care.
Mental health services in primary careIntegrating mental health services within the primary care setting would help to provide continuity of care and benefit a myriad of issues faced by children with mental illness and the pediatricians who care for them.
Improve your practice: Patient visitsIn this month’s article, Dr. Andrew Schuman focuses on improving the office visit experience for your young patients. By following his advice, you will be rewarded with parental loyalty, a busy and prosperous practice, and patients who look forward to their office visits.
Improve your practice: Facilitate patient accessA major dilemma for patients is simply how to access good care that is both convenient and affordable. To thrive in these challenging times, practices should consider all options to facilitate patient access. If you have an open mind, you may even consider changing your “traditional” practice to one that provides “direct primary care.”
Watercooler wisdom 2: Preventing (and treating) physician burnoutPhysician “burnout” has become a popular topic in medical journals. It is worthwhile to discuss this important topic so we can recognize the symptoms of burnout, seek help when necessary, and change our work environment to prevent burnout and its consequences.
Improve your practice: Medical practice websitesPractice websites are a valuable tool to attract new parents to your practice, and they can offer a wide variety of indispensable information that can reduce your staff’s workload.
POC influenza testing: State of the artWith the introduction of point-of-care (POC) molecular assays, pediatricians can diagnosis influenza A and B during the office visit with sensitivity and specificity comparable to reference assays.
Watercooler wisdom: Patient satisfactionMy clinic is restructuring its physician compensation model, which has led to much consternation among my colleagues.
Disruptive technology and pediatric practiceEvery few years I like to speculate about the future of medical technology as well as the future of pediatric practice. Both, you see, are very much intertwined, and in my view the future of pediatric practice looks very good indeed.