In many situations, texting is the fastest and most efficient way to send information, but physicians who use traditional methods to text clinical information to each other risk exposing themselves to HIPAA privacy and security violations. However, physicians who adopt a secure platform for sending such messages, such as DocbookMD, can benefit by saving time, money, and even lives.
While staffing the emergency department, Suneet Singh, MD, saw a patient complaining of feeling faint. He ordered an EKG. Dr. Singh experienced a moment of relief when the bedside nurse reported the patient was simply suffering from tachycardia, but a closer examination of the EKG raised suspicion of something more serious. He quickly sought confirmation from the on-call cardiologist by sending him a high-resolution image of the EKG via DocbookMD. Within minutes, the cardiologist confirmed the patient's heart was actually in supraventricular tachycardia and required immediate intervention. Because of direct communication with the consulting cardiologist, Dr. Singh initiated an intravenous medication that corrected the abnormal rhythm and was able to discharge the patient home directly from the emergency department. This ability to instantly connect:
- Improved outcomes, patient satisfaction, and workflows;
- Saved time and money; and
- Facilitated care coordination.
DocbookMD is available to all TMA members as a free member benefit. Across the country, more than 25,000 physicians in 41 states use DocbookMD, further connecting the community of medicine.
DocbookMD is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, as well as PC and Mac. The app can be downloaded using the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Docbook Enterprise offers a scalable and secure way for groups, hospitals, and accountable care organizations to meet a wide variety of workflow needs and enhance existing technology systems. To introduce the Enterprise version of DocbookMD to your hospital or large group, contact DocbookMD Director of Partnerships Chad Shepler by email or phone, (512) 383-5822.
Action, Aug. 15, 2014