The Digital Doctor

PMI Pearl City, Hyderabad Chapter

Dr. Deepa Bhide, PMP is a physician and currently an independent healthcare IT and project management consultant. She has a postgraduate degree in Pediatrics and Neonatology from the University of Health Sciences, India. Deepa is an advocate of using project management in healthcare and related domains. She has worked extensively in the confluence of clinical medicine, IT and project management domains with hands-on experience in managing projects from conception to closure.

6 a.m. - The beep of the mobile wakes up Dr. Rao as his eyes try to adjust to the glare of his mobile screen. He has just received a message on his phone regarding a patient (Bhushan) that he had admitted the day before. Dr. Rao reads the message and replies with his orders to process the care. The nurse on duty has informed that Bhushan’s blood pressure has risen again and that he is feeling uneasy. Real-time patent information helps Dr. Rao assess the need of immediate response for intervention, if any.

Bhushan, a 45-year-old male patient, is a case of uncontrolled hypertension (increase in the blood pressure) and diabetes mellitus since five years ago. He has had a couple of admissions earlier for chest pain. Bhushan regularly sees Dr. Rao for checkups and follow-ups.

7 a.m. – Dr. Rao knows about the complaint, and that it does not need an urgent reply. He is well aware of Bhushan’s case and decides to take it on when he visits the hospital. It’s time for grabbing some exercise, so Dr. Rao is off to his gym—his Fitbit ready. The digital app helps him track of his all-day activity, and at least reassures him of some exercise to his body.

8 a.m. – It’s time to leave for his rounds. With one more glance of his messages, Dr. Rao buzzes off to his car. The car is equipped with applications designed to route and display messages …

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