In the modern world of healthcare, various definitions arise when it comes to the precise meaning of the ‘Provider’ – is it the actual physician interacting with patients on a face-to-face basis or is it the larger group/institution that ‘provides’ care to the public and population as a whole?
Just last week in a revealing email exchange, a physician in a large hospital in the Northeast told me that he is NOT a provider but a physician. What did he mean? I thought to myself, ‘Of course he is a provider – he provides care to patients every day.’ The gentleman of course was using the historical definition for Provider. He was clear in differentiating himself as an individual as opposed to the hospital, medical group or institution that he works for.
With all due respect, we at Phynd look at providers a little differently. We believe that the individual practitioner is a provider and that a provider’s data has been under-managed in healthcare IT systems. We believe the management of the Provider’s data is key to improving all significant clinical, financial and operational systems in a healthcare organization. Providing a single, common Provider database with workflow tools to gather, manage and securely share it throughout the IT environment is vital to the health of the hospital.
We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on what exactly a Provider is to you. How does the definition and role affect you and how is the Provider managed in your environment? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your response or join an upcoming Webinar to learn more.