In a patient confined in a hospital, there are usually a good number of staff (physicians, nurses, medical technologists, radiology technicians, pharmacists, house keepers, etc.) taking care of him, that is, providing health care services.
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There must be alignment, integration and coordination of the health care services to be provided in order to achieve quality and safe patient care and excellent patient experience.
Who should orchestrate this alignment, integration and coordination?
The attending or head physician?
The attending or head physician assisted by the nurses and the hospital-wide alignment, integration and coordination management system in patient care?
I think the best answer is the last one.
This is a challenge to all hospital administrators – how to accomplish the third task and responsibility!