Healthcare becomes more and more disconnected

The bustle of holidays, meetings and social obligations that accompany it – between family, friends and colleagues – have come to an end. A new year means it's time to go back to work and, often for doctors, to pick up old work habits that tend to isolate them from others.

By their nature, humans are social creatures. Although each of us needs periodic respite from loneliness, there is an important difference between being alone and being alone.

For those who practice medicine, this distinction has become much more visceral in recent years. People choose to practice clinical medicine for many reasons, but these reasons are often based on a key priority of connecting with and helping other people. The constant tendency of companies to fragment health care delivery puts undue pressure on the doctor's soul.

In my professional life, I have witnessed the dissolution of the connected professional community. My partner and I always do our best to be fully engaged as doctors in the office and the hospital, as well as our families and the community. It's incredibly hard to balance. Indeed, while we do much more now to communicate and collaborate together, it was not uncommon in recent years that we spent a whole week in the office without looking in our eyes.

When a doctor does not meet his partner or he is too overloaded with schedules and documentation requirements to get to the hospital or attend a professional meeting or social, what is the path of professional connectivity?

Like John J. Frey 3rd, MD,[[[[1]Recently written in a treatise to be absolutely read, such changes "have led to a growing sense of professional loneliness that threatens not only the quality of clinical care by replacing personal discussions about patients, but also poses risks to well-being personal and professional doctors ".

Dr. Frey recounted how collegiality and "fun" training of medicine, and even lunches or quick visits to the doctor's salon / dining room, were commonplace. This experience may be totally unrelated to those who have undergone training under "working time restrictions", which have forced young colleagues to physically leave the training center at a fixed time or under the influence. censorship.