- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Disruption Books; 1 edition (September 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633310140
- ISBN-13: 978-1633310148
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Back To Balance: The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine 1st Edition
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''Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright has both the diagnosis and prescription for what ails American health care.''
--Daniel H. Pink, Author of DRIVE and TO SELL IS HUMAN
''A highly personal account, conveyed through storytelling that is both effective and accessible. Back to Balance is an insightful and delightful read describing the critical need for enhancing the art of medicine in providing health care to the nation.''
--James L. Madara, MD, CEO, American Medical Association
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--Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com and New York Times bestselling author of DELIVERING HAPPINESS
''Halee Fischer-Wright beautifully weaves together compelling stories, powerful evidence, and provocative insights in a book that's a joy to read. As a communication advisor I've watched health care leaders struggle to articulate what's wrong with medicine today and how to solve those challenges. Back to Balance clearly explains how art, science, and business all play a role in reimagining a health care system that reflects that highest expression of our talents.''
--Carmine Gallo, author of TALK LIKE TED and THE STORYTELLER'S SECRET
''Halee Fischer-Wright has made common sense transformational! Through a series a personal stories, popular culture examples, and rock solid logic, Dr. Fischer-Wright reminds us that we do hold the power to transform health care delivery, if we would reestablish in medicine some basic, commonsense principles and a healthy relationship between art, science, and business. Her approach is workable at every level—from policy to practice. This book is not another esoteric treatise but a straightforward route to providing greater value to the patients we serve.''
--H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, President and CEO, HIMSS
''In this timely, astute, and pivotal discussion, the author ... makes great use of pop culture, tying together Marcus Welby, M.D. and Star Trek references to Converse high top sneakers and the novels of Michael Crichton. She also employs a keen sense of humor throughout, which keeps the narrative grounded yet accessible and flexible, and concludes with a smart, multi-pronged strategy.''
About the Author
Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright is a nationally recognized healthcare executive and physician leader and currently serves as President and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association, the leading association for medical practice administrators and healthcare executives. She has served as Chief Medical Officer, St. Anthony North Health Campus (Westminster, Colo.), started her own successful medical practice early in her career, has spent time as a management consultant, and served as president of Rose Medical Group in Denver, a 680 physician PHO/MSO for twelve years. She is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book Tribal Leadership and is a nationally recognized speaker.
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As Dr. Fischer-Wright correctly points out, there is a tendency for us to romanticize the past, forgetting the things that spurred us to future aspirations. It reminds me – similar to Dr. Fishcer-Wright’s South Park references – of a recent story arch in South Park around “Memberries:” “Remember house calls? Yeah I ‘Member.” But in our pursuit to right the inadequacies of past health care delivery, we experienced material loss: We let the business and science of medicine consume the art.
The reclamation of the balance between business, art, and science of medicine is the thrust of Dr. Fischer-Wright’s book. I read it shortly after finishing another book that warns against putting our full faith and trust in business or science: “Sensemaking” by Christian Madsbjerg also encourages us to a higher practice within our professional lives to balance art and science.
Our healthcare system is going to continue experiencing greater and greater pressure over the next 10-15 years. Dr. Fischer-Wright does not claim that striking the balance will be a panacea for all healthcare maladies. It is, however, a critical pillar, and one we should be fighting for, both as professionals and patients.
The irony is that the book actually makes the case for selecting a definitive path, but it then fails to mention any process or method we could possibly utilize to assist us in selecting an optimal track for each specific patient encounter. So we end up with these medical vignettes where unique/complicated problems are solved by either intuitive expertise or dumb luck -- as randomly as a coin flip.
Beyond the confusion created by this haphazard approach to healthcare, there’s a not so subtle theme that suggests the reader could and should stand up to the wave of data and technology that’s currently washing over the industry. But the value-transformation train has left the station, and the road to the future IS paved with data.
I agree with Dr. Fischer-Wright that healthcare is currently in a highly compromised state, but providers and administrators can’t dismiss the fact that science and analytics are critical to improving the current status of care delivery. Yes, we’re absolutely caught between relying on time-tested, physician-based experience, versus the amalgamation of discrete information - while causing sub-optimization to each approach. But the pursuit of equilibrium seems to be more of a mirage than a course forward.
The elephant in the room is the fact that the conventional fee-for-service payment model, incents supplier induced demand, which wastes billions of dollars, and fails to differentiate good care from inferior performance. In an attempt to find a better way to monitor processes and outcomes to improve cost and effectiveness, we’ve been mandated to use clunky, dated, obtuse EHR systems, and fill this bloatware with poorly aligned “quality” measures. This is causing massive inefficiency, distraction and dissatisfaction (amongst providers and patients). I don’t have a precise solution to offer (just plenty of opinions). But the way forward will require our acceptance of the current systems and reliance on data. Yes, we need to demand user-friendly, provider-designed EHRs that use app-type simplicity, while simultaneously finding truly meaningful measures. Now those are topics and concepts that seem more bookworthy than the entertaining Back to Balance..
This paints a clear picture of the medical challenges we have today to provide empathy and caring to patients and keep costs down. I was surprised to learn over 70% of bankruptcies happen because of medical bills, so shocking.
Not only is the problem presented, but also many actionable ideas to improve the system that each person can take to transform current day medical treatment.