At its core, healthcare is about one thing: treating and healing people. Too often, that mission gets lost in a sea of paperwork, complicated systems and workflows, and overworked providers. Rather than viewing the hospital or doctor’s office as a safe haven, for too many patients, the healthcare system evokes thoughts of annoyances, fears, inconveniences, even judgment. With a complicated care process and even more complicated billing, for many, the difficulties of just receiving care outweigh the benefits of care itself.
Similarly, for providers and caregivers, healthcare news focuses on the operational and clinical challenges, regulations and reimbursements, and statistics about costs and risks. These conversations stifle the underpinnings of what care is about: the people seeking help, those working to provide it, and those aiming to empower successful care. So, how do we bring back the humanity in healthcare?
All month, we will be sharing stories that bring to life the thoughts and voices of patients, providers, and technologists across the country. These people are sharing their experiences and perspectives – their frustrations, hopes, expectations, or even solutions – to refocus on the individuals, providing, empowering, and receiving care today. In doing so, we aim to illustrate real experiences and foster a deeper understanding of the most important stakeholders of our healthcare system.
Together, we can amplify the voices of those most impacted by the healthcare system every day. Interested in sharing your story? Please email Becka Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on how you can get involved.
Let’s bring back the #HumanityInHealthcare.