Doctors Now Have the Power to Securely Message Any US Doctor, Hands-Free
Doximity, an online medical network with over 50 percent of all US doctors as members, today announced its app for Apple Watch. Like the popular Doximity iPhone app, it provides a HIPAA-secure — and now hands-free — way for doctors to communicate regarding patient care.
From a privacy perspective, email is the digital equivalent of a postcard — anyone can read it in transit. Accordingly, HIPAA laws forbid physicians from using email or text messaging to discuss patient issues. But the time it takes to send a fax or play pager/phone tag can be critical to a patient’s health. So physicians are secure messaging on-the-go with Doximity’s encrypted, authenticated app. In fact, more than 70 percent of Doximity physician traffic comes from mobile devices, and 85 percent of that is on Apple devices. Doximity gives physicians the ability to instantly find and securely message any doctor in the country from their iPhone and iPad, and soon, at the touch of their wrist.
I can’t imagine a more important reason to get information instantly, than when it relates to your patient’s health,” said Dr. Nate Gross, Doximity Co-Founder. “Apple Watch’s impact on patient care could be tremendous, and it can save physicians precious time in a critical setting.
On the Doximity Apple Watch app, doctors can send and receive messages, get notifications for faxes and manage their colleague invites. Specific features include:
- Read & Respond to HIPAA Secure Messages: doctors can read previews or full messages from other physicians at a glance and dictate responses, hands-free. For more detailed replies or to add secure medical images, the conversation seamlessly transfers to the iPhone, iPad or Mac.
- Incoming Fax Alerts: physicians are notified of new faxes received on their free personal fax number. To view the full fax, doctors can automatically use Handoff to handle the message on their iPhone.
- Colleague Invites: doctors can quickly view, accept or dismiss pending invitations to connect with other physicians, as well as see previews of who they may know to expand their network.
Doximity’s Apple Watch app will be available to download on April 24, 2015 — day one of the Apple Watch release. Physicians are invited to learn more at www.doximity.com/watch