Observation and creativity go hand in hand, and Boston Children’s doctor Michael Docktor, MD, possesses both skills. “It is important to not only focus on the clinical work of medicine, but also be attuned to the business, technology and governmental influences that will have a profound impact on medicine in the future,” he says.
Docktor draws on his time spent in research when looking at the macro trends of health IT and digital health. It’s one thing to question the status quo in a philosophical sense, but Docktor – who’s title is currently “Gastroenterologist, Clinical Director of Innovation, and Director of Clinical Mobile Solutions” – is also willing to roll up his sleeves and get down to work.
At the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Innovation Program, Docktor is focusing on in-house app development, piloting ideas sourced from clinicians across BCH. Another of his initiatives, the Hacking Pediatrics annual hackathon, has helped to launch many companies.
As someone immersed in the entrepreneurial world, Docktor’s advice is simple: be curious. “Learn and take a pulse of what is going on in the world outside of medicine.” He encourages friendships with engineers, designers and people who can lend a new perspective to healthcare. “Listen to your patients, their families, find the pain points and passionately attack the problems with a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit,” he says.
Shreya specializes in health communications and is a copywriter for an advertising agency. She was previously at Bayer Healthcare, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
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