Family Medicine specialist, Dr. Patrick Rankin wants to see you. No, he REALLY, REALLY wants to see you. He's happy to see you. He wants to spend more time with you, in fact. How do we know? He has half his schedule cleared every day just in case you need to see him. Why?
Judging from his profile and his contribution to the USA Today article, 'Doctors Try Open-Access System To Improve Care, Morale,' the guy just seems to love his job. And he's part of a practice that's embraced a new system where he can do what he loves better.
In his previous practice, Dr. Patrick Rankin, one of Kizer's partners at Olio Road, was booked six weeks out. He saw 40 patients a day. Here, he sees fewer patients and spends more time with each one, something he said he finds far preferable.
"In a traditional practice, so much energy is spent trying to keep people out of the practice. In open access, all of the energy is spent getting people into the office," said Rankin.
The scheduling system at Olio Road Family Care is an example of patient-centered care that The American Academy of Family Physicians has been pushing for, and 500 practices around the country have responded to. The initiative is called TransforMED and it aims to improve primary care at the practice level by experimenting with new ways to satisfy both patients and physicians.
Inspiring, isn't it? I think there should be a musical. Tentative working title: Les Non-Miserable.
Dr. Patrick E. Rankin's special medical interests include sports medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, hospital care, nursing home care, and men's health. His personal mission statement is "to merge small town medical values with emerging technology and medical practices." He practices in Fishers, Indiana.