Idea submitted by: Ryan Peterson
The choice of a primary care provider can have broad impact on a patient's interaction with the health system. Often, this choice comes down to picking the closest doctor or through word of mouth. The types of things that are important to different patients are often very different. Some may value scheduling availability, others may value shared decision making processes, others may value facility size or affiliation, others may value different types of referral patterns, etc.
One could imagine patients filling out a simple or more in depth profile in which they answer a series of multiple choice questions which would help inform what type of physician/clinic pairing that the patient would most value. This could be compared against standardized clinic, physician, or attributed patient surveys to determine which PCP is a good fit for an individual.
Building this repository of information across health systems in a standardized way will help improve a patients interaction with the health system and may reduce costs by eliminating the frequency of 'second opinions' when patients start with a doctor that may not suit their style.