How should a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) assign a primary physician to a patient? Currently it happens largely by chance, or via haphazard personal referral, or at best after a quick scan of the resumes on file. The result is often a lack of good communication between care provider and recipient.

A modest proposal: give the customer a multiple-choice personality-profile questionnaire, and mathematically compare the results of that with the styles of the group's available physicians. There are many dimensions along which data should be gathered:

And rather than simply line up what patients say they want with what doctors say they offer, perhaps best in the long run would be to cross-correlate new personality profiles with measurements taken from patients who are happy or unhappy with their physicians.

TopicScience - TopicOrganizations - 2005-07-06

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