During our last few webinars, I’ve spoken about ways to engage with your patients in order to improve visit volume as well as the clinical impact of those visits. I think we are all particularly interested in how to make telemedicine visits more efficient and effective (@drunachukwu even posted about it almost 3 weeks ago already!).
I’m also (clearly, I hope) passionate about eliminating the lost opportunities right now to visit with your patients, virtually or otherwise. I know everyone here has seen our vaccine data, but I’m just as worried about the tens of thousands of teenagers who have gone without prescribed depression screening the last few weeks (could it be more than a million?). You can follow my through process on my blog about “Why and How Pediatric Practices Should Launch a Recall Initiative Today.”
That train of thought led me to Dr. Barbara Howard. She is the Queen Of Behavioral Health (that’s a title, right?). I asked her, “Hey, are there clinical tools available to pediatricians that might help improve the volume, quality, and efficiency of pediatric visits right now? Even using telemedicine?”
I’m not joking - she sent me a slide deck like 8 hours later.
I made the time to sit down with her and have her walk us through what pediatricians can do now to engage with their patients, to identify patients who may need more and specific help, and to make that process easier and faster. I am very grateful for her time here and encourage everyone to take the time to hear her suggestions. Even just her comments about learning how to make the visit faster in order to reduce the time patients spend in your office are worthwhile.
You can watch and listen to her here.
You can read her handout here (1.5 MB) .