Massachusetts Medical Society: DocbookMD Puts the MMS Directory and Secure Messaging in Your Hands

DocbookMD Puts the MMS Directory and Secure Messaging in Your Hands

By Leon Q. Barzin, MMS Director: Health Information Technology

DocbookMDNeed to contact a fellow member? Send secure patient information from your phone or tablet to a staff member’s desktop computer? Avoid redundant in-person consultations? DocbookMD, the free smartphone, tablet, and desktop app, may be just the thing.

Since its launch in summer 2013, more than 600 MMS members have exchanged more than 16,000 clinical messages. This free application uses advanced technology to send HIPAA-secure text messages, images (such as wounds, X-rays, and EKGs), or other patient information to your physician colleagues or members of your patient care team. All the information is saved on secure servers for the required 10 years. Nothing is retained on the phone itself, keeping the information completely secure from theft or loss.

Physicians can invite nurses, physician assistants, and other office staff to join them on DocbookMD, using the CareTeam feature. Physicians remain at the center of patient care and can use DocbookMD to coordinate care across any type of practice setting, independently of your EHR. Physicians control who they invite into the conversation and who can send them messages.

DocbookMD was created by two married physicians after their first anniversary dinner was interrupted. The husband, an orthopedic surgeon, was summoned to the ER to decide whether or not a patient needed surgery (the patient did not). That consultation could have been avoided if the physician had been able to see the patient’s X-ray and an image of the wound on his phone.

As a user of DocbookMD, you can look up any current MMS member by name or specialty and create a “favorites” list of frequent contacts. The member list is updated weekly and a directory of local pharmacies is included.

DocbookMD is a free benefit, available to MMS members through the Apple App Store and Google Play, where you can download, install, and activate your account.

General information is available here. For MMS questions, please email info@massmed.org or call (800) 322-2303, ext. 7311. DocbookMD support is available at (888) 447-3707, opt 5.

This is the first in an occasional series of articles from the Committee on Information Technology about autonomous tech that physicians can use in their clinical lives.

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