Sra ESCALA: Doctor seeks partner 2.0 in the health system

4 10 2010

Elena scale Sáenz Chief Editor

Although emerged in the Decade of the 70, We have had to wait until the 21st century for popularized the concept of empowerment or empowerment.

In the health field discusses mainly the empowered patient; that is to say, the patient with capacity and resources to adequately manage their health, make decisions and participate in health institutions. But, is there the empowered doctor?

Traditionally the responsibility on health issues has gone in health professionals and institutions. It was assumed that the citizen had no interest or was not trained for the handling of health issues. Simply receiving a diagnosis and treatment without replicating, and at no time raised the possibility that might opine, criticize or participate in decision-making.

There is little of this paternalistic model, because the process of empowerment of the patient is taking us to a new consultative and participatory model in which the citizen has more access to medical information, more autonomy and, above all, more preparation to interpret medical information.

The empowered patient is providing the necessary tools for the management of their health leaning, mainly, in information and communication technologies (ICT) and on social networks. Thousands of people organized on the internet exchanging therapeutic and personal experiences, and seeking an ally in healthcare professional to validate the acquired knowledge and better manage their health.

Some institutions have well understood this process and, Although not at all convinced, in an exercise of tolerance have put at the service of patient participation tools, valuation and management that give more transparency to the process of health, becoming a partner of the health system to the patient.

However, the Spanish doctor it is costing much more work empower themselves and become a partner of the health system. As the patient gains autonomy, the doctor feels increasingly more limited in their ability to choose profession or specialty, in their access to technology, in prescribing and to decide or control the time dedicated to their patients.

The empowerment of the medical profession within the health system seems much more complex, costly and, According to some, dangerous, so initiatives that give power and autonomy to the doctor shortage.

Low expectations of finding a partner in the health care system has forced many doctors to innovate with individual and private initiatives to improve their professional practice and even for relief assistance in your inquiry.

The doctor is looking for formulas that give more control in the Organization and execution of your job; It is establishing a personal dialogue with the patient through the prescription of links and the follow-ups by e-mail, Twitter or Facebook; He is teaching and spreading through blogs and even his voice joins other colleagues in innovative projects.

Doctors, like patients, they are organizing around ICTs to influence the policies of public health, to improve their clinical practice, the Organization and management of the exhibiting that work, thus creating a new way of working.

And all of this is the personal effort.

The Spanish health system does not seem prepared to accommodate this new professional, just it gives it management tools and what some are innovative initiatives, for others are nothing more than ' outputs of tone’ in an extremely hierarchical and burocratizado system.

But blowing new winds and all, even health institutions, We are called to innovate in health. You will get the Spanish professional find a partner 2.0 in the health system?



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