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Smartphone App Helps Doctors Care for Patients

A smartphone application is rapidly changing the way doctors treat their patients.

DocBook MD allows physicians and medical staff to receive critical lab reports and messages instantly and securely on their smartphone, tablet or computer. That in turn helps diagnose and treat patients a lot quicker, more accurately and efficiently.

DocBook MD is a prime example of technology that allows healthcare providers to work together to better take care of patients,” said Otolaryngologist Dr. Jed Grisel.

Patient information can be sent and received from one medical expert to another.

“We’re able to send images and pictures, EKGs (electrocardiograms), X-rays and anything that you can take an image of. Important lab reports from the emergency room or laboratory in the hospital can be sent directly to your phone as well,” said Dr. Grisel.

Poor communication rather than lack of medical knowledge is believed to be the cause of 60 percent of medical errors and doubles the chance of hospital deaths. Dr. Grisel said Docbook MD was developed to help get rid of just that.

“Our entire ability to provide good treatment depends on being able to understand the problem and have accurate information. So if that information is delayed or inaccurate, then we are unable to do our job,” he said. “We want to use technology that actually benefits patients, patient care and help them live happier, longer lives.”

Patient information is not actually stored in the phone and is encrypted in a cloud based repository. If a doctor‘s phone is lost or stolen, DocBook MD has the ability to shut the device down to protect all the information.

This application was developed by a physician-owned mobile health technology company based in Austin, Texas. It’s currently being used by over 23,000 physicians and users across 39 states.

DocBook MD is wholly supported and endorsed by the Texas Medication Association and is free to all physician members of the TMA.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel 6. 
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