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A Physician's Perspective: Meaningful Use of Health Technology

Oct 17 2011   10:00PM GMT

Physicians on Doximity are connecting and having some conversations

Posted by: DrJosephKim

Have you heard of Doximity? It’s one of the newest physician-only social networks out there. Doximity is a private, HIPAA-compliant network where verified physicians and medical professionals can connect, refer, and securely communicate on the iPhone, Android, and Web.

On Doximity, physicians can connect with over 567,000 other physician colleagues in 87 specialties. The networks is open only to physicians, so it’s a closed (or restricted) community online. Given that Doximity is still fairly new, they’re adding some new features to allow physicians to have short conversations with each other. The physicians using this new feature (called iRounds) are mostly early adopters of technology and social media, so I’m really enjoying the interactions I’m having there. I’m learning about physicians who are trying the new Apple iPhone 4S and dictating using Siri. I’m hearing about physicians sending their tweets right into Doximity.

Another nice feature that’s built into Doximity is the HIPAA-compliant communication platform. I can send a short text message to another physician using this encrypted network. It’s a great way to communicate about sensitive patient-related information. Standard email or texting isn’t secure because you don’t get the type of encryption that you need.

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