Art of Medicine: Returning doctors to what they love most

The Art of Medicine initiative is designed to help clinicians keep their focus on caring for patients, and not on the technology used to document that care.
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Over the past few years, we have seen an impressive amount of change in healthcare — in part by federal regulations, Meaningful Use incentives and shifting payment models. While there have been advances in healthcare, this rapid pace of change has also taken a toll on physicians and the important relationship they have with patients. To keep clinicians satisfied in their profession and able to focus their undivided attention on their patients, there needs to be a better balance. Today, too many things compete with this physician-patient relationship, drastically cutting short the time physicians are able to spend providing care.

While 80 percent of physicians say “patient relationships” are the most satisfying part of practicing medicine, the average medical intern spends only 12 percent of his or her day providing face-to-face patient care and almost half of the day documenting that care. It is time for us to take a stand and start a conversation about returning doctors and patients to what they want and need most. Let’s ask the hard questions, define the problem, and create solutions that will shoulder the burden currently being placed on clinicians.


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Dr. Nick van Terheyden

About Dr. Nick van Terheyden

Nick is Chief Medical Information Officer for Nuance where he focuses on improving the usability of health technology for both providers and patients. As a pioneering creator in the evolution of healthcare technology, he brings a distinctive blend of medical practitioner and business strategist to the realm of health IT. After several years as a medical practitioner in London and Australia, he joined an international who's who in healthcare, academia and business, in the development of the first electronic medical record in the early 1990's and later, as a business leader in one of the first speech recognition Internet companies. Nick attended the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, at the University of London. He is a certified football (soccer) coach and referee as well as a purveyor of fine Scottish Malt whisky.