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Top 7 Medical Practice Management Books For Your Business

Coaching and business management have captured the minds of healthcare professionals all over the world, especially the young ones. The direction of desktop books for managers stands out among the wide range of modern business literature.

Most people believe that it is easy to manage any number of personnel. In some cases, people believe that at the very top of the business process there are fewer obstacles than at the beginning.

In fact, managing the clinic and personnel is only slightly more complex than direct recruitment. One of the most profitable approaches is reading specific literature that combines the experience of senior managers worldwide.

In a survey posted on YouGov.co.uk, 43% of respondents read for pleasure at least once a week, 35% of respondents read multiple times and 19% of UK adults read every day.

We believe that you are among those avid readers. If not, you wouldn’t be reading this article now. And if you run a business, then you’ve come to the right place.

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Of course, you can’t learn to manage a clinic by reading books only. However, they can be a reliable source of advice, lifehacks and cases to ponder.

Our extensive reading list will help you uncover all the secrets of a well-run practice. You can order all the books on Amazon.

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#1. “The Digital Reconstruction of Healthcare. Transitioning from Brick and Mortar to Virtual Care” by P. Cerrato and J. D. Halamka

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The book is highly beneficial and takes the first place on our list for a reason. The authors speculate on very crucial questions:

  1. What kind of healthcare system should we use both in peacetime and in times of crisis?
  2. What advances in computer science should we use to overcome crises and instability?

In the current era of high-speed Internet, big data, and artificial intelligence, scientists believe the world will never be the same. Smart wearable devices that read dozens of various patient health data contribute to this change.

The authors talk about digital technologies already being used in clinical practice today:

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They describe the principles of their internal structure, provide data on the results of implementation and possible risks. And what’s key, the information is explained simply. Scientific evidence is used to present all data, and a variety of practical examples and links to additional resources are provided.

The book will be useful and interesting for medical professionals of all specialties to understand the inevitable technological changes taking place in patient care.

#2. “Managing the Myths of Health Care: Bridging the Separations between Care, Cure, Control, and Community” by Henry Mintzberg

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Management expert Henry Mintzberg is sure that medicine is not an industry where all traditional management approaches can work effectively. He believes that the medical system can be rebuilt by stimulating cooperation and overcoming competition, changing culture, and abandoning control. Forming a "sense of belonging to the community" and overcoming traditional approaches to leadership are also essential aspects to implement.

The book is divided into 3 parts.

The first one deals with medical office myths. Their very presence suggests that there are many controversial and ambiguous points in this area. Most of the author's conclusions are based on facts and examples from experience.

In the second part, he discusses how the modern medical workflow is organized. As a rule, we try to break a large task into smaller components and then combine similar elements.

Henry Mintzberg states that differentiation in medicine leads to the emergence of new barriers and obstacles, such as:

  • The majority of consulting therapists do not exchange information
  • Priority is given to evidence to the detriment of experience
  • The complete absence of attempts to understand the causes of the disease
  • The attitude to a person as a patient prevails
  • In terms of healthcare management, managers are separated from medical professionals.

The third part of the book is about how to reorganize the healthcare system in order to overcome its current disunity. Mintzberg argues that managers are not the only ones who can effectively run a clinic. The entire staff and provider should work together. New ideas and approaches must not originate at the top, but be the result of a common strategy.

This edition contains the fundamentals of medical practice management. We recommend that you read this bestseller and find some challenging ideas and motivation to change.

#3. “Secrets of the Best-Run Practices" by Judy Capko

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It's safe to say that doctors love the book. Reviewers like the serious, direct style of Judy Capko almost as much as her practical and simple advice.

Social media practitioners say they use the book to prove what they suspected was wrong with their private group practice. Capko draws real-life examples from hundreds of medical practices in which she has consulted.

The second edition includes four all-new chapters and 46 checklists that you can customize for your office. The new chapters cover medical technology, Medicare, and upcoming challenges for practice.

#4. “How to Report Statistics in Medicine: Annotated Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Reviewers” by Thomas A. Lang

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The second edition of the book contains systematized recommendations for describing the results of using statistical methods in medicine. It is extremely valuable for researchers in the fields of medicine and biology.

The book will be a useful guide for clinicians who share the principles of evidence-based medicine. Following these recommendations guarantees a reader's understanding of the research results’ descriptions.

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We recommend it for biostatistics learners, postgraduates, managers and administrators of healthcare institutions, doctoral students and researchers in the field of biomedicine.

#5. “Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck-Why Some Thrive Despite Them All” by Jim Collins

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This book is a continuation of the bestsellers "From the Good to the Great", "Built Forever" and "How the Great Perish". The book reveals the basic principles of creating a successful business under the most unfavorable conditions.

The author speculates on some inevitable questions:

  1. Why do some companies thrive in conditions of economic instability and even chaos, while others do not?
  2. What qualities distinguish real leaders?

J. Collins is sure that effective leaders do not have the gift of foresight, and they do not have an increased propensity for risk. They are just more disciplined and rely more on experience. Successful leaders know exactly when to rush and when not to rush.

After reading this book, you will learn:

  • How to win in any condition
  • How to find the right way and build a thriving company.

Jim Collins is one of the leading business researchers on the patient experience and human resources. Learn from the experts.

#6. “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working. The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance” by Tony Schwartz

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A favorite of the author, to be honest.

For office managers who want to achieve high-performance results under time pressure, lack of proper rest, a drop in real productivity, and health problems, this book is a must-read.

Such an exhausting style of work is not conducive to people nor to organizations. There is a discussion in the book about how to change erroneous and destructive approaches to work and organization. They also talk about how to work effectively, but not to the detriment of the quality of life.

It helps to break out of the vicious circle, to realize the problem, to identify dangerous installations. Also, it contains simple and implementable tips with which anyone can improve the quality of their life.

The authors talk about specific measures that can be used to change the corporate culture of any organization or group practice and consistently get high results without tormenting employees.

The biggest advantage of this book is visualization via charts, diagrams and schemes. There are exercises after each chapter. It helps you to apply the knowledge immediately in your life and workflow.

Tony Schwartz is president and CEO of Energy Project, a company that helps organizations and people reach their potential. We believe his practical guide will be of great assistance to your practice.

#7. "Organisational Behaviour: Individuals, Groups and Organisations" by Ian Brooks

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More than 300 pages of fundamental and comprehensive work on such an important aspect of management as organisational behavior. Brooks uses the European approach, which differs in its way of thinking and organization from that of the Americans.

The book covers a variety of topics distinguished by simplicity of presentation combined with practical recommendations on the following issues:

  • Individual behavior
  • Motivation
  • Groups and teams
  • Financial management
  • Human resource management
  • Leadership
  • Organisational culture
  • Conflicts in the organization.

Each chapter is supported by practical cases and illustrations. Additionally, you can find links to Internet sites. Everyone who manages and organizes medical activities will find the book useful.

Encourage your employees to strive for new knowledge. The bookshelf in the office recreation area is a great start. Another effective way is to introduce a rule for each employee in the company: tell about what you have read on a corporate blog or at a company development meeting.

We hope you find our compilation insightful. Read more about managing a medical practice on our blog.

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