Your Contribution to Rapidly Changing mobile Health Technology

June 19, 2019

 

Physician TO PHYSICIAN knowledge-sharing

May 21, 2019

Medical technology today is changing so rapidly, it becomes difficult to remain current. Stay ahead of your colleagues and add value to your clinical perspective by providing input, feedback and strategic suggestions as these new technologies emerge.  

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HIPPRA, an innovative mobile application, was created with the mission of helping physicians collaborate in order to deliver effective, evidence-based care to patients with challenging, treatment-resistant ailments. Stories of patients with chronic, conditions and long-term suffering due to unidentified illnesses or treatments that fail to work are quite common. As the narratives of these patients typically reveal, some clinician, somewhere has the experience and knowledge to successfully treat such cases - frequently illustrated after the ailing patient has searched for months or years to find relief. This process is not only characteristic of rare, orphan diseases, but is frequently reflected in what may appear as a conventional ailment that reacts unconventionally to treatment. Successful outcomes to such cases may sometimes require a distinctively nuanced, differential diagnostic overview.

 We are looking for no more than ten (10) physicians interested in participating in a small, brief pilot for the Hippra application and online platform. The app is HIPAA compliant and is being developed to provide an efficient platform where clinicians can collaborate on challenging cases and engage in medical knowledge-sharing. Physicians practicing in rural communities are particularly welcome since their patients may have limited access to specialists and coordinated care.

If you are interested in participating in a pilot or providing input on product features or would like more information, please contact us at: support@hippra.com. Signing up now will allow you to receive recognition as a Med Tech Innovator and premier user with early user status and free access to premium features. We look forward to your input and expertise over the upcoming weeks and months. Thank you. 

 

Studies show that twelve million Americans go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed each year. Using medical knowledge-sharing technologies that facilitate collaboration may be one way to reduce that number. The process of medical knowledge-sharing is significant because it offers an important tool to address challenging or treatment-resistant cases and may be more effective than if the provider were acting alone. Physicians and healthcare institutions must be given the opportunity to collaborate in an environment that is viewed as facilitative and supportive and where the process of knowledge-sharing is viewed as a valuable tool for achieving positive treatment outcomes.

Healthcare today is at a crossroads. With ever increasing demands and diminishing resources, today’s providers are asked to do more with less. The added element of technological innovation such as Electronic Health Records (EHRs) or information sharing applications seem, at a glance, to be helpful, but they frequently make engaging in the comprehensive, effective and rewarding practice of medicine, increasingly elusive. Such technologies, however, are here to stay. Those with the most effective user experience design, fortunately, have the potential to contribute to successful medical outcomes unlike any we’ve seen over the last one hundred years. The widespread use of social media which has the potential to maximize collective intelligence, is illustrative of the power of many minds coming together to problem solve or innovate. Given this capability, one would assume that the medical community would widely embrace such technologies to seek input on difficult medical cases. Many physicians do reach out to colleagues. However, frequently that is not the case. An article entitled, “The Importance of Collaboration Among Physicians.”  in The Journal of American Medical Association Network reflects on why there is resistance to collaboration and discusses the enhanced value of positive patient outcomes when primary care physicians and specialists do come together to problem-solve.

A valuable perspective discussed in “Collaboration in Healthcare”, also illustrates several key components and multiple determinants of successful physician to physician consultation. Among them are the psychological factors of willingness, trust and high levels of psychological safety that need to be present if the physician is to engage in meaningful consultative efforts. In other words, to yield benefits of medical knowledge-sharing, the physician participant must also possess the willingness and the courage to engage in peer to peer collaboration.

The modern version of the Physician’s Oath by Louis Lasagna, includes a passage that states: “I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.” This succinct statement reflects the mindset needed to engage in medical knowledge-sharing and collaboration in order to successfully identify and treat challenging cases.