Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What is Doximity?

Author: Thuc Huynh, MD

Doximity is a private social and business network for healthcare professionals with iPhones.

It’s like Facebook in that you can connect with other healthcare professionals that you went to school with, did residency with, or work with. I want to say it’s like Sermo, but it really isn’t. They are two different services and Doximity is worth taking a look at.

In addition to the social aspect of being able to connect with others, Doximity also gives you useful tools to help with your daily workflow.

For instance, the app has a feature called DocText. It’s a HIPAA compliant, secure and quick way of sending messages. Essentially, it’s a secure text message service.

What do we do currently when we need another opinion? We stop seeing patients, look up a physicians number, dial it, ask the nurse to speak with the physician, wait for the physician to get out of a patient’s room, then tell them your concern with expectations of an immediate [ and pleasant ] response.

I can see how secure text messaging can cut out all of those steps with a direct line to the physician allowing both parties to continue seeing patients and allowing the curbsided physician to respond at their convenience and with more time to assimilate the question.

I think for me, the most useful part of Doximity is it’s Pharmacies & Facilities list. I’ll be moving to a new city after residency and won’t know where anything is. However this list is an easy tap on my iPhone to find the nearest late-night pharmacy and closest LabCorp to a patient’s home, etc.

To sign up for Doximity, click here and look me up to connect.

This was written by Thuc Huynh, MD

Dr. Thuc Huynh is CEO of ScrubdIN, a startup company that aims to help health professionals choose their next medical app. Her main interest lies around how medicine can play a role with web 2.0 and social media. Dr. Huynh is currently Chief Resident at her Family Medicine Residency in Rapid City, SD and received her B.S. and M.D. at the Medical University of the Americas.

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