Doctablet is the brainchild of two doctors, Dr. Jose Taveras and Dr. Christopher Palmeiro. Doctors Taveras and Palmeiro have shared a passion for education ever since they worked together as chief residents of internal medicine. At that time, they developed a strong working relationship, leading a class of over 75 interns and residents through the intense challenges of medical training. “ Internal medicine training built a strong foundation by teaching us how to care for patients, but as chief residents, we had the opportunity to work as leaders within the medical community. We had the chance to use teamwork to solve problems on a larger scale. ” The two doctors have joined forces again to face a common problem in the current healthcare environment: a system that relies on doctors briefly seeing large numbers of complicated patients, with very little time for individualized care. “ It’s a situation I encounter over and over again, I want to spend more time with my patient, teach him the many different things he could do to lower his blood pressure instead of just picking up my prescription pad and giving him yet one more medication,” Says Dr. Taveras.
Doctablet lessons grow directly from the doctor’s office, and are meant to complement the time patients spend face to face with their doctor by using beautifully crafted media designed to both educate and entertain. These lessons are designed to be watched by anybody. The idea was first presented to the American Heart Association (AHA) in the form of a grant application, but was rejected for being too ambitious. Seeing the importance of their project in their everyday practices, the doctors persisted and turned to the power of the Internet and social media to create something that has never been tried before. The lessons presented in Doctablet videos are not “just” written, they call upon years of patient interactions to help deliver accurate, evidence-based recommendations that people from all walks of life can readily understand and benefit from. “We wanted to create a lasting impression in peoples’ minds; create something completely different than what’s available out there right now. This is not about an Internet search with results that you have to decipher, these are ideas based on the most current and accurate medical information like you would get from your own doctor, but delivered in a way that helps patients comprehend.”
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