Michigan Latest State to Utilize DocBookMD for HIPAA-Compliant Messaging

posted on 03/08/2012 by Ann Taylor

Austin, Texas - March 8 2012  Consulting medical colleagues anywhere in the state of Michigan just got much easier as physicians now have free access to DocBookMD, a HIPAA-compliant mobile application.  

With 4 out of 5 physicians using smartphones and tablets at work, DocBookMD speeds communication, improves workflow and ultimately lowers the cost of healthcare. Physicians in more than 22 states are currently using DocBookMD to view EKG’s from their mobile device to determine whether heart catheterization is urgently needed or if they can prevent unnecessary scheduling of procedures; review X-rays to determine the best course of treatment for a patient in the ER; and show maps and photos of consulting physicians to patients in order to better prepare them for next steps.

“DocBookMD provides physicians with a fast, secure method to quickly reach other healthcare professionals and gain timely, valuable information to benefit our patients,” said Dr. Tim Gueramy, an orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of DocBookMD.

DocBookMD offers physicians a solution to the ban on texting patient information recently imposed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).  Since July 2011, physicians who sent individually identifiable health information via a text were in violation of HIPAA regulations, a felony offense. Penalties include hefty fines of up to $50,000 or up to one year in jail or both.

The smartphone application is currently available free to physicians who are members of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS). “This app is a very valuable benefit for the physician members of MSMS,” said Steven E. Newman, MD, MSMS President. “It brings secure patient information directly to physicians, wherever they may be during the course of their busy day.”