Clinical Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine / Director for Health IT & Quality Integration
NYU Langone Health
New York, New York
Having been drawn towards technology from my youth, I have gained an interest in harnessing hardware and software solutions for implementation in the medical setting. As I progressed through my medical training and, particularly, my Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency at New York University, I assisted in multiple Health IT projects. One of these projects was transitioning resident handoff (or sign-out) to an electronic platform available within the Electronic Health Record (EHR) software. The importance of a dedicated handoff tool, coupled with proven handoff standards (I-PASS), allows for a systematic approach in transitions of care, which have previously been shown to contribute to medical errors.
As large data transfer becomes a part of our every-day lives, telemedicine is a natural evolution of provision of care for the healthcare consumer, opening up new pathways in both patient-provider relationships as well as regulatory considerations. In a sense, it allows patients to bypass barriers to their physicians allowing for technology mediated re-establishment of a human connection, which can be seen as dichotomous considering the stigma that doctors are treating computers. Now, in the medical world, technology is setting up the platform for continued human interaction, and prompt medical care.