Frontline Doc Scripts

3 characteristics of the best hospital leaders

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

In my travels up and down the East coast, I’ve worked with a number of healthcare administrators (and even temporarily been one myself, although quickly discovered that it wasn’t quite my cup of tea). The experiences that I’ve had have been highly variable and I’ve seen the full spectrum of administrators ranging from the brilliant

That “old-school” physician that we should all be like

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

A couple of weeks ago I was on-call and had to go down to the Emergency Room to see a patient. Before I entered the room, I was told that the patient was accompanied by her long-time physician who was a bit “crazy and old school”. “Hmmm…that’s strange…why would her physician be in the room

Should the word “hospitalist” be more protected?

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Our specialty of hospital medicine has grown exponentially over the last decade and now finds itself at the forefront of American medicine. I’m proud to be part of such a growing movement and must say that I find the job just as rewarding as when I first became an Attending physician when the specialty was

Nurses: the frontline superstars of healthcare

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Being a nurse is one of the most important jobs in any society. It is also one of the most respected. Public opinion polls consistently rank nurses as the most trusted profession—usually ranking well above physicians. And it’s for good reason. Patients in hospital may forget who their doctor is, but they will rarely forget

We need less virtual medicine, not more

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

The world of healthcare will likely look very different in a decade, owing to a variety of diverse factors including; medical breakthroughs, political reform and not least of all the tremendous advances in technology that are occurring at breathtaking pace. The traditional model of the doctor-patient interaction will also continue to change dramatically (as it

Those things patients tell doctors which should never be ignored

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

In the busy world of hospital medicine, where doctors and nurses find themselves rushed off their feet for most of the day, time to sit down and actually listen to patients is at a premium. Every doctor knows that our primary focus has to be on the most important aspects of the history and clinical

Expediting the physician credentialing process

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

It’s 2015 and there are many areas of healthcare that seem to lag way behind the rest of the world. One such area is in the realm of physician credentialing, which can take several months or longer in most hospitals (the ones I’ve worked in have all averaged 3-4 months at the minimum, and that’s

How healthcare IT can produce lower quality robotic records

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Despite the well-known rollout problems for hospitals and clinics across the nation, there are many palpable and welcome advantages to using Electronic Health Records. Chief among these are the ability to access the chart from anywhere, rapidly search for information needed, and reducing the centuries-old problem of illegible doctors’ handwriting! But with the good comes

What the Northeast’s snow preparedness can teach hospitals in winter

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Significant snow in New England every winter is about as certain as sun in Florida every summer. When I moved to the USA from the south of (old) England to do my medical residency in Maryland, my first few years living in the United States were relatively snow-free. But when I started my first job

The very palpable doctor shortage and how to help solve it

By Suneel Dhand | Blog

The nationwide shortage of physicians is a very real crisis across all 50 states, causing a huge strain at all levels of healthcare. Hospitals and clinics are struggling to hire, current physicians are overworked, and ultimately patients are having to wait longer. There are number of reasons why this has happened, but one thing’s for