Few people need to be convinced of the advantages of texting. It may be the fastest and most efficient way of sending information in a given situation. Reports show that texting among physicians is widespread and that they are texting clinical information — whether it is legal to do so or not. Physicians who text each other clinical information risk exposing themselves to privacy and security violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA.) But a new smartphone app is changing all that. TMA-member physicians now have the option to text each other patient information in a secure, HIPAA-compliant manner, thanks to an app called DocbookMD. DocbookMD is a physicians-only smartphone app that allows physicians to:
“DocbookMD allows you to look up another doctor at the point of care. You can then either call the physician or send a text message with room numbers, medical record numbers, even pictures of wounds and x-rays. And all of this is sent securely and in a way that meets HIPAA requirements,” says DocbookMD cofounder and TMA member Tim Gueramy, MD.
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DocbookMD is a free member benefit, available in Texas only to TMA members. So you must be a member of TMA and your county society. Across the country, DocbookMD is offered as a free benefit exclusively through county/state medical societies and is now available in 23 states across 101 medical societies. Already a member, download the DocbookMD application now via the iTunes App Store for iPhone/iPad, or for Android via Google Play.
Call your county medical society for the credentialing data you need to start using DocbookMD, or contact the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 or (512) 370-1550 or email@example.com.