Frontline Doc Scripts

Why I wrote the Ultimate Patient Advocate in Your Pocket

6 Oct 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

As someone who has always enjoyed writing and other creative activities, it was a pleasure to write the Ultimate Patient Advocate in Your Pocket—which combines those endeavors with my work as a frontline doctor. It’s been great to get so much positive feedback about the booklet, which is designed to help patients through their hospitalization. [&hellip

When the doctor became the “Provider”

29 Sep 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

It’s a change in nomenclature that’s come a bit out of the blue over the last few years. The forces appear to be aligning to gradually push the word “Doctor” out of the center and towards the periphery of healthcare. Whether we are talking about administrative communication or healthcare information technology order entry—it seems that [&hellip

If we are serious about improving patient and family satisfaction, let’s start with this one simple thing

22 Sep 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Patient satisfaction and improving the hospital experience are all the rage these days in hospital administration circles. Hardly talked about a decade ago, the issue has become the mainstay of many a discussion held in healthcare boardrooms right now. Of course, this is due in no small part to the matter of HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer [&hellip

A missed opportunity: Promoting healthier eating in the hospital

15 Sep 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was a medical student, rounding with my team, and we had just talked to a diabetic patient who was recovering from a myocardial infarction. The Attending looked over at the side and saw some chocolate donuts and cakes lying on the tray table, which had been brought in by the [&hellip

Three lessons Walter White can teach doctors

8 Sep 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Breaking Bad has been rated one of the best TV shows of all time, and for good reason. The improbable story of a regular and shy high school chemistry teacher, faced with a terminal diagnosis, turning into a gangster and drug kingpin—certainly makes for good television. A compelling storyline set against the backdrop of one [&hellip

What the cafeteria will tell you about the whole hospital

1 Sep 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Hospital cafeterias are important places. Great progress has been made over the last few years in raising the standard of the food served (to both patients and staff!), with much more emphasis too on making the options healthier and nutritious. Speaking as someone who has worked in several different hospitals, and with my own general [&hellip

3 reasons why, despite all the outrage, a reasonable person may respect Donald Trump’s candidacy

25 Aug 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article on how the world of healthcare could use a Donald Trump. I received quite a bit of correspondence afterwards—some positive, some negative—as is to be expected with any semi-political article. A few people wrongly interpreted my article as being some sort of political endorsement of Donald [&hellip

Dr, who’s your boss?

18 Aug 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

As a relatively young physician, I always enjoy my conversations with the older members of our profession, who’ve seen so much change over the last few decades. I’m fascinated with their stories about how different the medical world was when they were residents, how treatments were so novel, and how they used solid clinical skills [&hellip

Some common complaints from patients about healthcare IT

11 Aug 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

There are many reasons why information technology and the new age of computers holds great promise for the future of healthcare. We are still at a relatively embryonic time, when the use of IT by doctors and nurses is still evolving. The rush to fulfill Meaningful use requirements has resulted in a sea change at [&hellip

Boston’s 2024 Olympic debacle: shambolic, disorganized and sadly very un-American

4 Aug 2015 By Suneel Dhand | Blog

Last week the news came that Boston had officially abandoned her bid for the 2024 Olympics. A vocal but not insignificant proportion of Boston appeared to breathe a sigh of relief. Having gone through an incredible amount of work to become the candidate city for the United States, after months of debate and a loud [&hellip