The Download: Dr. Michael Docktor of Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Michael Docktor demonstrates one of the medical apps he frequently uses during work at Boston Children's Hospital. Photo: Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe
Dr. Michael Docktor demonstrates one of the medical apps he frequently uses during work at Boston Children's Hospital. Photo: Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Dr. Michael Docktor — yes, his name is Dr. Docktor — is a gastroenterologist at Boston Children’s Hospital who also acts as clinical director of innovation and the director of clinical mobile solutions. Each day at work, he tests the devices designed to improve our health care system. Here he shares his daily digital habits with the Download.

What’s the model of your phone?

The iPhone 6 plus. I love it – particularly with its new battery. I’ve always complained that we’ve been given these incredibly powerful devices and an inadequate amount of power. It’s allowed me to get through a full day being a very mobile person with battery to spare. I’m pleased as punch.

What’s the first app you open on your phone?

Flipboard is my source for all articles and I use it to actually do some Tweeting. It aggregates a lot of my sites.

What keeps you organized?

So for notetaking and organizing random thoughts I use Evernote pretty religiously. I recently adopted Wunderlist as my to-do list. What’s nice about it is that it has a paired app on my Mac. I can manage it on the desktop or phone, and my wife and I can have shared collective lists.

What’s the last app you downloaded?

I recently started demo-ing our electronic health record app, the PowerChart Touch. It’s basically an electronic health record built specifically for the iPhone and iPad, you can dictate directly into it. I’m the lead on the project and slowly rolling it out to other beta testers. It’s changed how I practice medicine. It’s pretty remarkable and almost instantaneous, and cloud hosted so it can be done anywhere. I could be in supermarket and pull up a patient’s records and dictate a quick note. Completely transformative.

Favorite app at work?

We’re using a secure text messaging application called TigerText, which is a HIPAA-compliant text messaging app … that’s a way to securely message my medical and hospital colleagues in a HIPAA compliant fashion. That’s allowed us to use pagers a little bit less and communicate in a two-way fashion, much more facilely than we would otherwise.

How do you unplug?

I put my phone on do not disturb or I leave it somewhere where it’s not in my pocket. It’s something I have to decidedly do, as I’m very plugged in. And at dinner every night my phone isn’t on me. That’s sacred time.

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