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Dr. Zvonimir Krajcer discusses digital medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond on Rice KTRU

Dr. Zvonimir Krajcer joined Rishabh Kothari on the talk show “Thinking Different,” which aired live from Rice University’s radio station KTRU 96.1 FM May 5, 2020.

The radio show, hosted by Kothari, speaks with leaders in the Houston community who are identifying and tackling important problems in unique ways. The show will inform Houstonians about exciting developments in their community and highlight examples of people and endeavors that make Houston a front-runner in various domains including, education, medicine, public health, and technology.

The COVID-19 pandemic has advanced the need for telemedicine and telehealth services and technologies and is changing the delivery of health care today. The applications of digital technologies and digital medicine are ideally suited for cardiology, and many doctors feel that these applications are here to stay.

In this episode, Rishabh Kothari explores several applications of digital medicine with Texas Heart Institute’s Dr. Zvonimir Krajcer, including telemedicine, digital health, wearables, and the role of artificial intelligence in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease around the world.

Dr. Krajcer also discusses his primary education goal to advance how we harness artificial intelligence and telemedicine to modernize how we educate professionals in the medical fields to improve outcomes. He believes that now, more than ever, in the era of COVID-19, digital medicine will allow doctors to treat patients remotely and could revolutionize medial training in the near future.

Listen to the interview (Courtesy of Rice University KTRU)



Rishabh Kothari is currently a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to being driven by his commitment to patient care, he has a particular interest in the role of communication in medicine and how it improves patient outcomes, creates better-informed communities, and facilitates creative solutions that often exist at the intersection of multiple disciplines. His prior experience includes hosting a similar radio talk show in Austin, Texas. In the future, Rishabh hopes to engage in clinical research to continually improve how he delivers care in clinical practice.

Zvonimir Krajcer is an active member of the Texas Heart Institute and teaching faculty of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center training our next generation of physician scientist and interventional cardiologists. His leadership and commitment to important international research and education collaborations is impacting the care of patients suffering from vascular diseases worldwide.