The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released a report earlier this month which predicts extreme shortages in physicians by 2025, in specialty care particularly. We’re looking at being short by about 90,000 docs, and with an aging population suffering from more chronic diseases than ever, this is particularly troubling.
It can take up to ten years to train a doctor, so over at the AAMC they’re calling for Congress and Senate to increase residency positions. You can sign the petition here.
But there are other ways to help shore up our resources. AAMC points out that what’s needed now is “team-based care and better use of technology to make care more effective and efficient.”
Team-based care can be monumentally aided by the use of technology. Connecting teams is the main tenant of all the productivity tools which have become ubiquitous in workplaces (like Basecamp, Asana, and Slack).
Medical professionals we’ve spoken to have tried to deploy programs like Basecamp, but have struggled because the needs for medicine are so specific, and complex.
And yet so many of the tasks in healthcare are dictated by protocols, which are transcribed by healthcare professionals and then exist in one dimension, as pages in binders or reference books.
While the AAMC and government agencies do what they can to build the robust medical workforce of the future, it’ll pay in dividends to better enable the doctors and nurses of now. Connecting them with tech that supports the plans for their patients will raise the quality, and quantity, of care.
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