Are you a hard-working, inquisitive physician who loves to discuss complex medical issues with your peers but lacks an appropriate forum?
OK, you’re probably not–but believe us when we say that this is a legitimate problem that is extremely relevant to anyone with clients in the medical field. Despite the fact that our hospitals and private practices offer the absolute latest in technologies designed to save and improve lives, the world of health care professionals is sadly behind the times when it comes to communications.
In the interest of maintaining absolute patient privacy, the 1996 HIPAA act essentially prevented doctors from using any sort of technology to discuss patient care. Many now turn to Facebook or Twitter with unfortunate results–in a 2012 study, more than 90% of American medical boards reported at least one case of social media misconduct by a doctor.
Today, those who share the details of individual cases with other health care professionals are more likely to invite a lawsuit than a medical breakthrough–even if they don’t include a given patient’s name. As doctor and mobile tech enthusiast Alexander Blau, MD puts it, “The average 12-year-old on a cell phone has access to better communications tools than most physicians.”
A group of investors and health care veterans aimed to remedy this problem by creating Doximity, the world’s first professional social network for doctors. Dr. Blau is the group’s medical advisor.