Esther Choo, MD, MPH, an emergency medicine physician at Rhode Island Hospital and assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, considers herself a digital health person. “I believe technology can help us be more efficient and deliver better care, safer care, and improve our patients’ lives.”
But she doesn’t consider herself a techie. The challenges to integrating new technologies, she said, are just overcome by the benefits.
As an intern, her coat pockets were bursting with reference books and cards, an eye chart, a penlight, and other tools. She estimates she was hauling around an extra five to 10 pounds. Today, she has replaced all of these with her smartphone.