Stories about: Michael Docktor

2017 Watchlist: 5 clinical mobile apps to track

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According to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, there are more than 165,000 mobile health care apps in the marketplace today, and only a small fraction (fewer than two percent) focus on enhancing clinician productivity.

Boston Children’s Hospital Director of Clinical Mobile Solutions, Michael Docktor, MD, says it is important for clinicians to embrace the consumer-facing technology movement because digital natives (pediatric patients and their parents, for example) will come to expect an on-demand, well-designed, digital health care experience.

It is equally important, he says, for clinicians to utilize technologies that help improve productivity and efficiency given the increasing demands of clinicians and expectations of patients.

“The future of health care will embrace mobile and digital technology to better capture and assimilate vast troves of data,” Docktor says. “The interface of technology with medicine is moving fast. It’s better to keep up with the trends and hop on board, or risk being out of touch and working inefficiently.”

Here is a list of clinician-focused mobile apps Docktor recommends. …Read More

Virtual visits: How telemedicine can improve health care

 

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Between June 2013 and June 2014, 11-year-old Carson Domey had 36 doctor’s appointments, most of which were with gastroenterologist Michael Docktor, MD, at Boston Children’s Hospital. Carson, who has a rare form of Crohn’s disease that causes oral inflammation, lives in in Dudley, MA—an hour-and-a half car ride from Boston.

“Sometimes, by the time we can schedule an appointment and drive there, my symptoms are gone,” he says. “Telemedicine would allow me to miss less school and get immediate attention when I need it.”

“The time out of school is huge,” says Carson’s mother, Michelle.

Docktor is equally passionate about this issue. “He can Skype into school!” he adds emphatically. “Why can’t he do that for a doctor’s appointment?”

Well, why can’t he? What is stopping Carson and so many other children like him from receiving follow-up clinical care via video conferences—otherwise known as telemedicine? …Read More

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