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    Techie-turned ophthalmologist tinkers through fellowship

    Merging IT skillset with medicine


    Integrating his skills

    One of the most innovative ways Dr. Dang has merged his medical and technological skillsets is in creating his own EHR.

    After working with multiple health record programs, he realized they all have a different focus, whether that be on the most accurate billing or best compliance. However, they all seemed to be missing the bigger picture.


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    “There’s been a disconnect between the software vendors and what we’re actually doing in clinic,” he said. “There are ways to hit compliance and hit all the coding, but still at the core of it make the primary focus the physician-patient interaction. That’s where I feel like current technology is really lacking, so I tried to come up with a system from the ground up.”

    His EHR attempts to shift the focus from “checking off boxes” to optimizing the physical experience with the patient. His concept allows for dictation and comparison of refractive outcomes and complications with specialists in the same practice, and nationally. It also includes a type of digital assistant that he said can help the specialist wade through the large amounts of data in the system, he said.

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    Rather than marketing or monetizing his concept (which can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2aNamRv), Dr. Dang uses it as a proof-of-concept and talking point with clinicians and others in the technology sector for the direction that ophthalmic technology can progress in by focusing on the physician-patient interaction.

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    “I want to make clinic more efficient and I want physicians to have more time with the patient,” he said. “Technology can get us back to that as opposed to what it’s doing more recently, which is taking us away from that.”

    Still tinkering


    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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