How many steps does it take you to reach your referring physician colleague to give feedback regarding your recent consultation with his or her patient? Do you have to dictate a letter that must get into the hands of the physician? Must you have your staff get him or her on the phone?
What is involved in finding an expert who can quickly answer your pressing clinical question while the patient is still in your office? How do you find that expert, and then actually reach him or her?
And, most importantly, how much productive time are these activities costing you each week or a month, as a result of this effort?
Jeff Tangney is out to transform your experience and return hours of time to you, using the connective power of technology.
As a co-founder of Epocrates, he saw firsthand what having "power in your pocket" looks like - instantly available information that a physician can look up in a moment, to ensure the best care.
This got him wondering about the other transformative powers of mobile technology.
What if you were able to access the intelligence and years of experience of a group of physicians, with a few taps on your mobile?
How would physicians be able to use mobile technology to collaborate? And what was needed to rapidly connect with a referring physician or specialist to who you'd like to refer a patient, or get a quick curbside consultation?
To respond to this perceived need, Jeff Tangney founded Doximity, one of the fastest growing physician networks. Not only is the company thriving, but Jeff has a vision of how networks like his can help sustain the professional freedom that we physicians have come to appreciate and value as necessary to provide the best patient care possible, despite the increasing "corporatization" of medical practice.
Listen to my 20-minute conversation with Jeff and then please add your comments here. I'd love to hear your thoughts!