DocTalker Family Medicine and its parent company, doctokr Inc., were founded in 2001 by Dr. Alan Dappen. After practicing family medicine around the world for nearly 25 years and heading up a large family medical practice in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC, Dr. Dappen found himself wanting to give his patients more convenience, better access and higher quality of care than the insurance-driven healthcare system could provide. He left the confines of the conventional model and started Doctalker Family Medicine, which combines the best medical traditions with today's technology to give patients control of their healthcare.
Dr. Dappen created the model upon which DocTalker is based: offering patients around-the-clock access to the medical team and allowing patients the convenience of being treated anywhere they wanted, whether it be by phone or email consultations, same-day office visits or a house/office call.
DocTalker is highly recognized and has won numerous awards. It was one of seven medical practices in the country invited to Harvard's Interfaculty Programs, the Primary Care Innovators Roundtable. DocTalker Family Medicine was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 by the Vienna Tysons Chamber of Commerce and was a Fairfax Chamber of Commerce Blue Diamond Award nominee in 2008. Dr. Dappen has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, NPR's The Story and the DocTalker medical team serves as the voice of primary care for Dr. Val Jones' Getting Better each Wednesday.
The Institute of Medicine's book, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, outlines the innovations needed to modernize and provide the best healthcare. With a focus on the necessity of quality care and actually providing individuals guaranteed time and commitment, what is being described is DocTalker Family Medicine.
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