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Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.
Phone communication may have decreased in recent years among doctors.
Because so many diseases impact different systems in the body, communication between specialists is paramount.
For example, when a patient presents with chronic kidney disease, then a cardiologist, nephrologist, and endocrinologist should be consulted.
But there are challenges and times when communication can fall through the wayside.
In an interview with HCPLive® during Pri-Med West 2022 in Anaheim, Ty Gluckman, MD, Medical Director of the Medical Director, Center for Cardiovascular Analytics, Research, and Data Science (CARDS), spoke about the importance of communication between specialists and where there is room to grew.
“I think there’s always an opportunity for improvement,” Gluckman said. “I would say too often there is siloing of care.”
One of the ways communication has changed over the years is in past years doctors would more frequently talk in person or at least over the phone. However, that type of communication has been replaced by note updates in the electronic medical record system, which is another challenge for many.
Gluckman also talked about how important it is to bring specialists and primary care doctors together for a conference to speak about several different aspects of medical care.
In fact, the three-day conference agenda featured sessions about pain, rheumatology, cardiology, psychiatry, gastroenterology, and more.
Gluckman is part of the advisory board organizing the meeting.