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It has never been more important to be in charge of your own healthcare

Operam Healthcare LLC.  Collaborative Healthcare Coaching that puts people at the center of their healthcare.

We listen. We educate. We advise. We Advocate. 

Understand. Take charge. Make the right healthcare decisions with your doctors.

The massive changes in modern healthcare have created fragmentation, conflicts and communication gaps that can lead to ineffective or unsafe care.  Operam Healthcare is dedicated to helping you better understand your health and your illnesses.  We will assist you in collaborating better with your doctors to make safe and wise medical decisions for you and your family.

We start by listening to you and your story.  Then we help you translate the information your doctors provide, and help you to interpret it with a sophisticated understanding of what it means for you.  We can walk by your side when you or your family must navigate an episode of acute illness, adapt to a chronic illness, or plan the safest and most effective strategies for optimal health.

It’s health and healthcare coaching, advising, advocating and educating based on over 40 years of experience in providing complex healthcare to the most complex patients.  It’s designed to give you the ability to overcome the medical uncertainty and the dangerous fragmentation that often overwhelm people using the healthcare system.

Most primary Care Doctors no longer speak directly to specialists they consult, or see their patients when they are in the hospital.  That disconnect makes it difficult for your your treating doctors to know your full medical story. Your doctor is busy, and can’t always provide the collaborative coaching that you need to take charge of your health and health care.  We will coach you when your doctor can’t.

Contact us to learn more about collaborative healthcare coaching.

Medical Uncertainty

Medical uncertainty.

Incomplete science is a major problem that you and your doctors must grapple with. That means sorting out the risks, benefits, alternatives and unknowns of every medical decision.

While medical science has advanced rapidly over the past 100 years, medicine is not a science like engineering. Engineers build bridges that rarely fail because they use well-tested science. The best medical treatments can still fail because of the uncertainties that haunt medical science. Doctors can’t hurt or destroy the objects of their study the way physicists can, so it’s a lot harder for them to fully test their science. Plus, as with all human endeavors, medical science is susceptible to the confusion created by biases and emotions, as the attached article about the uncertainties of fats in our food nicely shows.

Doctors should present the science behind their decisions to help manage the risks,benefits, alternatives and unknowns of their decisions with you. If your doctors don’t have the time to fully explain their plans, we can help you interpret and analyze the science, and the risks, benefits, alternatives and unknowns with your doctors. We help you collaborate so you can direct the medical choices you and your doctor make together.

It’s your health. We help you take charge of it. Contact us via email or call for more information on how.

Check out the NY Times article to learn more.

Understanding collaborative healthcare coaching

Diagnosis – Risks – Benefits – Alternatives – Unknowns – Safety

Every medical decision should account for those.  Doctors don’t have the kind of exact science that some professionals like engineers do.  When designing a bridge engineers can rely on precise formulas to create a structure that will rarely fail.  Because medical science is still imprecise, doctors must take definitive action with incomplete scientific knowledge.  Even the best medical decision carries risk for failure.  The right medicine can be dangerous or even fatal when a patient has an unpredictable or uncommon reaction to it.  Medical conditions have far too many variations for our current science to account for.

As healthcare has grown more complex, it has become difficult or sometimes even impossible for doctors to keep track of all of the variables that affect your health and your treatment decisions.   Doctors also have less and less time to get to know your own values and goals.  A good doctor will coach each patient on how they can best manage the risks, benefits, alternatives, unknowns and safety of tests for making a diagnosis, or treatments that enable healing.  Incomplete healthcare coaching can increase uncertainty, or cause unwanted risks and outcomes.  We have decades of experience collaborating with patients to make good medical decisions that they were in charge of.

We don’t provide your medical care, but we will help you assure that yours accounts your own goals and values, and addresses the risks, benefits, alternatives, unknowns and safety of every decision your doctors make with you.  We will also help you to execute those decisions safely and effectively.

Contact us to see if collaborative healthcare coaching is right for you.