"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." – Andrew Carnegie 

The renowned industrialist Andrew Carnegie may not have had healthcare on his mind when making that statement. Still, his words ring true: Medical care teams who work together harmoniously for the benefit of the patient deliver more value than any single team member could by acting alone.

The need for effective teams has never been greater due to increasing comorbidities, the complexity of specialized care, and the strain put on hospitals and providers by COVID-19.

No longer can a single healthcare provider deliver quality care that fully satisfies his or her patients. Instead, the evolution of healthcare and demand for quality care and safety necessitates a patient-centered teamwork approach.

In this post, we outline several ways to...