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If Medicine Is Broken -- Can Providers (or Telemedicine) Do Anything?

Posted by Lawrence Kerr on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 07:30 AM


There is so much that is wrong with medicine. Doctors are unhappy. Too many people go without insurance coverage. Mistakes are still made. And we're spending way too much money for results that many are still unsatisfied with (at least at the level of certain segments of the population.) 

So there is a lot that's wrong -- but is there someone or something at fault for all of it?

Is there a bad guy in medicine?

With all the vitriol that is spewed around, you would certainly think there is a bad guy to blame. The President? Doctors in general? Hospital administrators? The patients? Poor families?

As Dr. Aaron Carroll points out, it's very possible that there is no bad guy at all. As he puts it:

"It’s the system — the way all these things work, or fail to work, together — that’s the issue."

This is deeply resonant with our experience of the medical system, and how healthcare collaboration happens or doesn't happen. Almost every single individual in healthcare, across the continuum of care, has excellent intentions and is making extraordinary effort.

But medical providers are caught between a rock and a hard place. An individual provider may not be doing anything wrong. And there may not be a "bad guy" to blame. So, that means that it really is "the system" that's broken. And the sad truth is that any individual, on any given day, has no ability to fix "the system."

As Dr. Carroll continues: 

"The Affordable Care Act, which seems so complicated to so many, was almost entirely about getting more people in the United States health insurance. That was just a first step, arguably an easy one, and we’re still fighting about it. Reforming the ways in which we actually deliver care and try to improve outcomes? That’s so much more important, and we barely talk about that at all. But that’s what matters to the people who use the system, and it’s why so many of them are frustrated."

This is actually precisely why we created iClickCare. iClickCare is a telemedicine platform that makes it easy for people who use the system -- medical providers across the continuum of care -- to change how they deliver care, how they improve outcomes, and how they do healthcare collaboration -- in their corner of "the system".

In other worlds, it lets people be and experience the change that they wish to see in healthcare. Without having to blame anyone, and without having to change "the system." 

Hybrid store-and-forward telemedicine offers medical providers an unprecedented ability to change how they function in the medical system. Learn more here: 


ClickCare Quick Guide to Hybrid Store-and-Forward

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