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J. Michael Connors: Some fallacies that physicians should leave behind in 2023…
Jan 4, 2024, 17:14

J. Michael Connors: Some fallacies that physicians should leave behind in 2023…

J. Michael Connors, Founder of Connors Consulting, shared on LinkedIn:

“Some fallacies that physicians should leave behind in 2023…

The Electronic Health Record Misconception: A common misbelief is that Electronic Health Records are the primary cause of physician burnout, which shifts focus from the weakening personal connections in healthcare between colleagues and patients.

The Employment Hierarchy Paradox: There’s a misconception that employment itself is flawed, yet we often overlook the terms of our roles and the top-down business models in healthcare—even when we, as physicians, serve as employers to other healthcare professionals.

The Scope Creep Simplification: It’s a mistake to think scope creep isn’t our issue, not realizing that physicians can inadvertently widen care gaps by moving away from core responsibilities and the mission of continuous patient relationships.

The ‘In-Person’ Care Illusion: The mistaken belief that “in-person” care is the only valid form of care leads to the misuse of digital tools, which then reduce rather than enhance our meaningful interactions with patients. Digital tools should be used to bolster, not diminish, our patient relationships.

Artificial Intelligence Misjudgment: There’s an overestimation in artificial intelligence’s role in rectifying workflow inefficiencies. Instead, we should aim to eliminate redundant tasks, embracing a ‘less is more’ philosophy for smarter workflows and patient-centered care.

The Myth of Solo-Excellence: The misplaced pride in the belief that individual physicians can outperform a diverse healthcare team undermines the proven advantages of collaborative care involving nurses, NPs, social workers, financial experts, and more.

The MBA Fallacy: Believing that a surge of physicians with MBAs will cure healthcare’s ills ignores the real crisis: a fading sense of mission and purpose.

The Greed Double Standard: Loud objections are raised against private equity, insurers, and healthcare systems for fostering greed in healthcare. Simultaneously, there’s a reluctance to address those in our midst who partake in profitable deals or pursue greater margins through ancillary services and similar strategies or by ignoring the “less profitable” populations.

The Bias Blind Spot: The refusal to recognize biases in our professional judgment leads to the false confidence that we can fully understand our patients, overlooking the impact of our differences in race, socioeconomic status, background, and geography.

Value Vision Loss: There’s a hesitancy among physicians to define what “value” means in healthcare, consequently handing over the power to determine our value to others. It’s crucial to consider how many physicians can articulate their own value or understand what patients truly value.”

Source: J. Michael Connors/LinkedIn