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Dr. Douglas Elwood has been involved in a number of ventures involving technology and targeted consumer efforts. Most recently, he co-founded a company focused on utilizing technology (specifically smartphones and tablets) to improve the delivery of health and to close the current gaps for both physicians and patients. His company, Zibbel, was featured in two different PWC report on mobile health called Healthcare Unwired and Gold Rush and he engineered partnerships with both pharma and one of the top medical centers in the country. He also founded a company in the midst of the Internet boom in the late ’90s to provide information and resources to parents and college students, eventually partnering with over 1,000 merchants along the east coast in 14 different college towns.
Doug is a board-certified physician who is on faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center and completed an MD/MBA in Philadelphia. He recently spearheaded a project at NYU to assess the efficacy of using iPads for resident and patient education, becoming one of the first programs in the country to do so. He also was involved in several grants to examine using smartphones and iPads as real-time data collectors to promote enhanced educational approaches.
As a medical resident, Doug was well published in the areas of clinical research, education, and patient satisfaction and integral in revamping many of his department’s operational approaches. Most recently, he had two articles published in peer-reviewed journals, one on medical education and one on patient satisfaction. He also recently co-authored an article on personalized medicine. He also worked for a short time for a communications company where he became acquainted with using multiple outlets to promote better understanding of what an organization does and how that interplays with reputation and business success.
Doug graduated from Amherst College as an English major and studied abroad in Dublin to follow in the footsteps of James Joyce, ultimately writing his thesis on Joyce’s novels. He is the co-founder of www.mhealth360.com and has had several articles featured on major outlets.
Doug is the proud father of two young boys and is in the process of using technology to start other companies including one he founded with his wife that is designed to change the reading experience for children using the iPad and Smartphones, making it a more interactive experience.
Doug wrote this book, Phase Three, while in residency, almost 100% while he was on call during the night between 2-6am, when his mind was not entirely clear!