Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Dennis Van Vliet

Dr. Van Vliet taking a CellScope selfie.

Audiologist and hearing aid specialist, Dr. Dennis Van Vliet is our Pioneer of the Week! Dr. Van Vliet has 38 years of experience and is the Senior Director of Professional Relations at Starkey Hearing Technologies. Still active in his practice, Dr. Van Vliet currently sees patients in Los Angeles, CA. He joined us this week for a short interview about his experience with the CellScope Oto.

CellScope (CS): How did you hear about the CellScope Oto?
Dr. Van Vliet (Dr. VV): Social Media. I started seeing posts on Twitter.

CS: What led you to join the Oto Pioneer Program?
Dr. VV: I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the product! We use the iPhone for a number of things, including as a remote control and accessory for hearing aids. An otoscope option was a logical next step.

CS: How have you integrated the Oto in your practice?
Dr. VV: I was out at a conference last week, and had fun showing other audiologists how it works. Today was a clinical day, and i was able to integrate it seamlessly into my work flow.

CS: What do your patients think of the Oto?
Dr. VV: The best part is the educational value for the patients. They love seeing into their ears!

CS: How has the Oto impacted your practice so far?
Dr. VV: People are naturally interested in technology, and the application is an area of interest as well as being an exceptionally easy to use clinical tool.

CS: From your perspective, how do you see mobile health technology changing healthcare in the next 5 or 10 years?
Dr. VV: There will be too many patients and not enough clinicians for the next couple of decades. Mobile applications will be very helpful in reducing the number of office visits. Last week, when I was away, a patient contacted me via Facebook, concerned that she had lacerated her ear canal. Had I known someone nearby with a Cellscope, I could have had them meet up and shoot me a photo. The only thing I could do at a distance was recommend that she go in for a office call.

Thanks for sharing with us Dr. Van Vliet, we are thrilled to have you as a CellScope Pioneer!

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