Working together in groups has never been more attractive than right now for physicians. The ability to share costs and overhead, cover one-another for on-call and pay-for-performance programs for Chronic Disease Management (such as the Complex Care program in British Columbia) make the multi-physician clinic a very cost-effective way to practice. Adding an EMR into this environment provides additional capability to do pro-active recall, prescribe electronically and automate repetitive functions.
The following series of images was submitted by a colleague who has recently established a group practice.
What I particularly like about this set up is the very effective use of wall mounted monitors in order to maximize examination room and desk space for clinical use. Using space effectively (and cost-effectively) is one of the key challenges when designing a medical practice, particularly if you have a limited room size.
With the shift in patterns of practice from solo to group and with physicians making a significant investment in the infrastructure (EMRs, telephone systems, office equipment etc.) there are many more physicians who are re-thinking their work environment. I have always been struck by the difference between dental offices and medical offices in terms of the investment in furnishings and equipment that make a practice environment comfortable for staff and patients.
With practices such as this being developed, physicians are making a quantum leap forwards. Welcome to the medical office of the future.
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