How about a quick peek into the emerging future of healthcare?
Interdisciplinary: integrating knowledge and approaches from a variety of different approaches
Interdisciplinary Team: a group of professionals from multiple disciplines working together toward a common goal
I have been thinking and reading a lot about interdisciplinary teams in healthcare. As the abstract “aging American population” becomes more concrete, both in my practice and my personal life, I am seeing humans who interact with multiple professionals, all for their individual care and keeping. I am seeing this done very very well, and very very not-so-well.
What is clear to me is this: the future of healthcare is interdisciplinary. It is both necessary and desirable that humans have access to multiple professionals to address the multiple and complex needs of their healthcare. Also: the future requires us to communicate with one another. While I know and massage and sometimes take care of people who are receiving interdisciplinary care, that does not always include great communication.
Take, for example, the cancer patient who also has hypertension*. The oncologist and the nephrologist ask the patient for reports from other physician visits, but they are not asking to communicate directly with each other. And neither of them wonders about the massage therapist who has been working with the patient since the cancer diagnosis.
In an ideal interdisciplinary world, patients could have access to a wide range of professionals and those professionals would speak to each other on a regular basis. They might even, I don’t know, learn from each other and gain creative insights into sticky healthcare questions.
Unicorns! Fairies! Rainbows!, you say?
This is not only possible, it is happening. Wouldn’t you like to hear from a real interdisciplinary team about how they put it together, how they keep it going, and maybe even how the massage therapy profession can contribute?
You are in luck!
Starting this September, I will be hosting a monthly webinar series for Healwell where we explore these very questions. We have secured some of the most interesting people working in healthcare today — the people who are asking the questions and creating the change. Come and join us for the Interdisciplinary Clan of Mystery, where we explore how to deepen our service to the humans we care for, and broaden our perspective to invite collaborations, curiosity and plain old increased clinical knowledge.
We are going to have some fun, challenging, thoughtful, and (best of all) interactive conversations. Join me to take a peek at the disruptors, innovators, and smartest people working in healthcare today.
*–patients mentioned are composites or theories and do not represent actual humans