Patient First?

“Patient first” is a term that is often used in the health-care sector. However, are we first and foremost patients? Is that how we see ourselves?

According to Dr. Jordan Asher, he sees his patients differently. To him, he sees them as people first. “[I]n order for you to have a better health status, which includes healthcare, I need to think about you as a human being…We don’t look at people as diabetics; we look at them as people that have a bunch of life issues that happen to have diabetes.” How does this philosophy influence the manner in which Dr. Asher works with his patients? Click here to find out.

How to Make the Patient the VIP

In a recent article, Thomas R. Frieden notes that public health and clinical medicine should work together but all too often, this is not the case.  As a means of addressing this situation, Frieden suggests that the two areas can be integrated effectively by making patients the VIPs of the system.  What does it mean to make the patient the VIP?  Read the article to find out.