Physicians are considered as the linchpin of care delivery, and they have significant influence on health care quality and costs, directly and indirectly both. Physician’s efficiency is no doubt, a highly respected, yet rarely taught skill. But still, like other skills, it needs to be refined timely for better performance. So, what are the change processes through which physician skills can be refined for better performance and earnings?
There are many! Here we have got some of the best of them through which physicians can boost up their skills for a better career, and improve their income and outcomes for patients.
The principle of Lean Thinking is to eliminate waste through understanding how patient defines “value” and how to deliver it. This thinking focuses on creating an efficient, waste-free continuous flow built on a pull vs. ‘Batch and queue’ approach aligned with continual pursuit of a perfect system. Examples of Lean Healthcare Performance Metrics include – Improved patient satisfaction, Increased operating room utilization, Reduced time between procedures, Lower tools and supplies inventory, Reduced laboratory space, and Improved cost effectiveness.
Six Sigma is a statistically-based, systematic process to reveal defects in any kind of performance, generally driven by customer specifications. Six Sigma methodologies are aimed at reducing the variation and “non-value added” activities in clinical and business processes that give rise to long cycle times, high cost and poor outcomes. A process that operates at true Six Sigma levels can produce acceptable quality levels over 99.9996% of the time.
More recently, in the healthcare industry, blood banks have recognized the benefits of Six Sigma, a testament to its potential for blood banks are already held to extremely high standards of quality. Moreover, Six Sigma techniques have been effectively applied in hospitals with as few as 40 beds, so they are beneficial for small and medium sized institutions as well.
This is a skill which most professional healthcare providers can learn. Developed by Walter Shewhart, Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle (PDCA) can be implemented as a problem solving technique by most organizations with some brief training or study. The name of this strategy tells itself about it. In this, one has to first make a wise Plan step-by step by knowing the goals, prioritizing challenges, forming a team for designing solutions to various problems, collecting data and then designing the plan. “Do” part of PDCA refers to implementing the steps laid out in the plan document. At the end of the pilot implementation, the team leader should evaluate the data collected and interview team members for suggestions for improvement to the Plan. This thing is done in Check stage. Then comes the Act. It is the act of adjusting the Plan as the team learns from mistakes or sees different ways of improving that Plan. If used wisely the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle yields significant rewards to all-both staff and patients.
Upgrading Skills on Regular Basis:
Be it in any field, technologies are ever changing and medicines are not an exception. New medicines are launched every now and then, and hence it is essential for every physician to upgrade their knowledge about what’s new and more effective in the medical world. The practice should be done on a regular basis for better future results in career.
Fellowship Programs from International Universities:
Various universities across the world provide fellowship programs for physicians. Some of them are Fellowships at the University of Minnesota Medical School, HMS Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care by Harvard University, Fellowship Programs at American Society of Bariatric Physicians, CDC Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship, and more. Physicians can look to do fellowship programs from international universities which will help them to land a job in foreign countries or in the mother country with a good package.
Effective Teamwork and Leadership, Good Communication Skills, Total Quality Management and Time Management are at the heart of these change processes. Among other skills are the ability to improve delivery of the quality of service and the ability to be able to read and interpret data for improvement of quality of services delivered. Opt any of these strategies to refine physician skills and get superb outputs in the healthcare industry. Also, do look out for recent updates in your field in order to stay in touch with new technologies and advancements. You may also take help of social networking sites as they are the best online tools of promotion these days.