Robert A. Dowling, MD
Dr. Dowling is president of Dowling Medical Director Services, a private health care consulting firm specializing in quality improvement, clinical informatics, and health care policy affecting specialty care. He is the former medical director of a large, metropolitan single-specialty urology group in Fort Worth, TX.
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Social media: Why you need to be involved
In this article, Nick van Terheyden, MD (aka “Dr. Nick”), explains why you need to be active on social media and how to get started.
mCRPC advances come with choices, challenges
In this article, Robert A. Dowling, MD, examines some of the practice-related implications of the rapid change in the management of patients with advanced prostate cancer.
True informed consent bolsters patient safety
In this article, I will discuss additional opportunities for urologists to improve the safety of care in their own practices in the context of the National Quality Forum’s best practices.
How to evaluate patient safety in your practice
In a series of articles, urologist Robert A. Dowling, MD, reviews aspects of the National Quality Forum's “Safe Practices for Better Healthcare” consensus recommendations that are relevant to quality and safety in urologic practice.
Telemedicine: Are we reaching a tipping point?
In this article, Robert A. Dowling, MD, covers some practical aspects of telemedicine and what it might mean for urology.
Patient portal efforts don’t end with implementation
In this article, Robert A. Dowling, MD, discusses some of the benefits, challenges, and evidence surrounding the patient portal.
PCa surveillance: Impact on pay may surprise you
Robert A. Dowling, MD examines the possible impact of prostate cancer surveillance management approaches on a urology practice’s reimbursement and income.
Could your EHR system put patients at risk?
In this article, Robert A. Dowling, MD, discusses what you need to know about EHRs and patient safety.
EHR difficulty? Solution may lie within work flow
In this article, Robert A. Dowling, MD, discusses practical aspects of a work flow analysis in your office, including its relationship with health information technology and some helpful resources and tools.
Web analytics: A primer for the busy urologist
Web analytics refers to collecting, analyzing, and using data about how users interact with your website to optimize that interaction for the benefit of your business. Here is what you need to know.

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