“Hello and welcome to my website and blog, DocThinx. I hope you enjoy, please sign up for free email article updates if you like my posts (link on the right of the page). My articles highlight some of the challenges and problems we face in healthcare, and my own observations and remedies as a frontline doctor. It’s my belief that many of the answers are relatively simple and straightforward, like practicing good and thorough bedside medicine, spending more time with our patients, minimizing bureaucracy, and focusing on prevention rather than cure. All changes in healthcare must also always be led by physicians and nurses. In other words, maintaining a relentless focus on the frontlines and our patients. Please check out my 10-point Common Sense Manifesto for frontline medicine and also my YouTube Channel”. Suneel
I am also the Founder of HealthITImprove.com, an organization dedicated to improving and optimizing healthcare information technology. Many of my current articles focus on the relationship of computers and technology to frontline medicine. We are witnessing a technological revolution in all aspects of our lives, and healthcare is no different. Unfortunately, the use of information technology in healthcare has not yet fulfilled its enormous potential, and we have a lot of work to do to fully optimize IT with frontline medicine. The IT solutions of the future need to be super-efficient, seamless and user-friendly. Above all else, they need to help take physicians (and nurses) back to where we belong: with our patients. We need to remember that healthcare is, and always will be, about human beings. The use of computers and technology at the frontlines must never interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.
Dr. Suneel Dhand is board-certified in internal medicine. He was born in London and grew up in Berkshire, England. Suneel went to medical school at Cardiff University and then moved across the pond, completing his internal medicine residency in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently lives in Boston where he practices as a hospital medicine physician.
Suneel’s clinical interests include frontline healthcare quality improvement, enhancing patient experience, and integrating healthcare information technology with clinical workflow. He regularly writes and speaks about these topics. As well as his duties as a frontline doctor (which he enjoys the most), Suneel has experience in the implementation of hospital IT systems, and was the lead hospital physician for the successful implementation of a Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system in Worcester, Massachusetts. Suneel also has experience in a number of different healthcare environments and systems. In addition to practicing as a physician up and down the East coast, including in Florida, he previously worked in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, and undertook an elective experience in Australia where he worked with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Suneel holds a faculty position with Tufts University Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. He has authored numerous articles in clinical medicine that have been published in leading medical journals, covering a wide range of specialty areas. He has also authored chapters in the “5-Minute Clinical Consult” medical textbook. His other main area of interest is preventive medicine and wellness, and he is the author of two well-being books; High Percentage Wellness Steps, and the historical fiction book, Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha.
When he is not working in the hospital or on healthcare-related projects, Suneel enjoys running, cycling, playing tennis and golf, traveling the world, and getting back to London as often as possible!