"Of course, this presumes a strong clinical data system and high integrity of data," Dye adds. Sharing the data "goes to the heart of the professional practice," he says.
Those healthcare organizations that have successfully improved their clinical integration practices are definitely willing to involve physicians "to a much greater degree in decision-making and operations," Dye says.
"On the flip side, the biggest failure at this time is organizations that do not see the physician as having a true place at the table in strategy and decisions," Dye says. "But without that full level of physician involvement, clinical integration efforts will be doomed from the start."
Whatever it takes. Sometimes, docs need to find their way as team players outside their offices, and go to the mountain – whether it's the Rockies or somewhere else.
As Paolini tells it, the physicians on her trip experienced "leadership education from the inside out," and ultimately, it "forced us to rely on each other."