Health Care Trends With a Social Media Twist
Today, Mashable discussed a new social network for doctors which allows physician-peers to connect and discuss cases, problems and patients in a safe community setting.
iRounds, the aforementioned social network, describes themselves like this: "iRounds TM was founded to enhance a physician's ability to communicate with their colleagues in a secure and HIPAA compliant format. A company founded by physicians for physicians to add to our online and mobile presence with the ideal that seamless patient care is excellent patient care."
The platform has several functionalities, including a web-based and mobile application that allows physicians to keep a live, real-time census of their patients, call schedule, surgical schedule. It also provides doctors the ability to connect with one another to discuss cases, ask for second opinions and simply engage in conversations.
How can this be HIPPA compliant, you’re probably asking? The communications that occur within iRounds happen via a secure, encrypted and HIPPA-compliant server. This allows members to openly discuss patients and patient care in a secure manner.
In medicine, it’s a well known fact that no one consults or fully trusts only one source. Medicine, and diagnostics, is meant to be collaborative and iRounds allows a quick and easy way for that process to occur. It also opens up the channels of communication for physicians who might not normally get a chance to work together. Even better, physicians can see each other’s publications, specializations, board certifications and other qualifications to enhance the credibility of their opinions.
Now, there is a catch. Not all subscriptions to iRounds are free, but there are plenty of options for both doctors and group providers to choose from.
How would you feel if your doctor posted about you on a social network, albeit a secure, doctor-focused social network? Would it provide you a sense of comfort knowing they were getting another opinion, or do you think what happens in the doctor’s office should stay in the doctor’s office?