One new social networking company is setting out with pretty lofty goals: help reduce fatal mistakes in the medical industry. They say that good communication between health care professionals goes a long way toward preventing the errors that can result in medical malpractice claims. A new service known as Doximity, will allow doctors an opportunity to meet their need for communication with other medical professionals.
Doctor errors are the fifth most common cause of death, and miscommunications between doctors often lead to these fatal mistakes. According to the co-founder of LinkedIn - and founder of Doximity - one of the goals of the social network is to improve communication between doctors to prevent communication breakdowns that lead to medical errors. The hope is to improve patient care overall and to ultimately save lives.
Unlike other popular social networking sites, Doximity was built exclusively for doctors and other health care professionals and intends to stay exclusive. This feature will enable doctors quickly to find valuable information, which the network's advocates believe could help prevent a patient's injury or death by allowing doctors to contact their fellow physicians and other medical experts within the Doximity network. The service also allows doctors to send encrypted messages to each other that comply with federal and state privacy laws such as HIPPA. As it stands right now, doctors often have to resort to less efficient means of communication, like a fax or a pager, because HIPPA and other laws limit their ability to share a patients' medical information by other means.
The service appears to be off to a good start with over 700,000 physicians already signing on. While the service is promising, it remains to be seen whether Missouri doctors will sign on in droves and whether this will actually lead to fewer unnecessary deaths among patients. Poor communication is, after all, only one possible why doctors make serious and sometimes fatal mistakes.
If you or some you know has become sick or injured because of a doctor failing to provide an appropriate level of care, you need the help of a St. Louis injury attorney skilled in medical malpractice to help protect your rights and recover damages for your injury. Contact med mal attorney Ben Sansone today for a free consultation at (314) 863-0500.
Source: "Doctors' Social Network Can Help Save Lives: LinkedIn Co-Founder," by Cadie Thompson, published at CNBC.com.
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