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    Strategies guide efficiency in modern medical practice

    Implementing operational reports, standardized protocols bring value to patients, physicians

    Take-home message: Improving practice efficiency is more likely to be successful when undertaken with a long-term view as well as an understanding of trends in the healthcare environment.



    Efficiency is an often-cited goal in medical practice. However, achieving efficiency means more than finding ways to shave a few minutes from routine tasks, said Thomasine N. Gorry, MD, MGA.

    To start with, consider the context in which one practices before adopting specific measures to improve efficiency, said Dr. Gorry, associate professor of ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She is also the medical chairman for quality for the clinical practices at the university.

    “In order to be efficient—not just in the moment, but ultimately, for your whole day, your week, and your month—you need to think about how medicine is changing,” Dr. Gorry said. “There is a movement toward value in healthcare as opposed to just fee-for-service.

    “Recognize that you’re going to be practicing in an environment that puts an emphasis on showing value, which means that any time you’re building a work flow, you want to build a complementary reporting system to show the value of your work,” she added.

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