Dr. Schwartz “Captains the Ship” of his patients’ health
Primary care physicians are an essential facet of the healthcare ecosystem. Keeping the same members for years, if not decades, the lifeblood of their practice is earning and maintaining the trust of their patients. To celebrate the hard work these selfless individuals do every day, we caught up with Dr. Daniel Schwartz from Parkside Family Medicine in Philadelphia to hear what inspired him to become a doctor, and how he empowers his patients to live healthier lives.
Why did you become a doctor? My initial excitement over the medical world stemmed from making rounds with my father at his hospital in Philadelphia when I was seven years old. Seeing how he interacted with patients and catered to those in need inspired me. From a young age I wanted to do something that allowed me to have a positive impact on people’s lives. I chose primary care because I realized it would allow me to captain the ship of my patients’ care and to delve into different aspects of their lives and to solve their problems in a significant way. I became a doctor to fix problems and improve outcomes for my patients.
What is your typical patient like? Our practice takes care of a range of patients with lots of complex medical conditions that require constant management. We facilitate the best possible care in an affordable way: referring to the right specialists, prescribing the appropriate meds, and using the appropriate hospitals. To be a successful primary care physician you have to gain the trust of your patients and you do that over time. I believe trust is something that has to be instilled early on in your career. You have to be your patients’ main advocate because the healthcare web is confusing and convoluted so it’s easy for them to get lost without someone watching out for them.
“To be a successful primary care physician you have to gain the trust of your patients.”
What is one thing you’d change about the healthcare system? I would love to change the constant need for authorizations, clearances, and discussions. Even for simple things, there are so many pot holes along the way to get patients the care they need. It makes delivering care more challenging, which then leads to poorer outcomes. Ideally patients would take primary prevention and screening tests more seriously. Many times they don’t understand the impact preventive measures can have on their overall health.
How do you use Clover Assistant and why do you find it valuable? The Clover Assistant platform bridges tech and healthcare in a seamless way. It lays down a personalized roadmap for each patient’s health to show what has already happened, and what could happen. Based on some of the coding you enter, it allows you to see if patients have had a specific test or diagnosis, and the results. Have they had a diabetic eye exam or mammogram, or colonoscopy, or urine for microalbumin? I then use that data for the benefit of my patients, which makes me a more effective doctor. Most importantly it’s easy to use and allows for effective continuity of care to monitor and maintain patients in a nice organized way. It allows me to spend more one-on-one time with each of my patients.
“The Clover Assistant merges technology and healthcare to keep my patients healthier, and make my job easier.”