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TECH TUESDAY: DocbookMD

Austin, Texas, March 4, 2014; KVUE News

In this Tech Tuesday, an app created by two Austin physicians that is improving health care by changing the way doctors communicate.

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Speed and accuracy are two critical components in an emergency. At Seton’s UMC Brackenridge Hospital, technology is improving both.

“We’re seeing a proliferation of electronic health information systems. There’s been just an explosion in the last five years,” said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the head of the Brackenridge emergency department.

So much in fact, the hospital recently doubled its electrical grid to handle all the new computers and other electronics. One of those new systems fits in the palm of Zeibell’s hand, and it comes from an unlikely place: a coworker.

“How amazing is it that I can come back and give a product to the physicians that really needed it that I worked side by side with,” said Dr. Tim Gueramy, orthopedic surgeon who practiced at Brackenridge.

Along with family physician Tracey Hass, Gueramy developed DocbookMD, an app for doctors to communicate instantly.

“It’s just like texting. You open the app. We register so you know that there is a physician on the other line that you’re sending that message to. It doesn’t just go in the air,” said Gueramy.

“I can send information about a patient to another doctor, receive information about a patient from another doctor, and that can include taking a picture with my cell phone and sending to a plastic surgeon to see if he needs to come in and help me repair that injury,” Ziebell said.

DocbookMD is not only for doctors within one hospital. It’s for every doctor in the community.

“Doing family medicine, I’m sometimes very desperate to get a hold of say a cardiologist to say review an EKG for me or an orthopedic surgeon like Tim to have him review and x-ray. It’s an example of where technology actually makes it a little bit more intimate if you will because I get to have a relationship with another physician in the community,” said Haas.

Having a relationship is why these two created the app. They are married, and their first anniversary didn’t go as planned.

“I got called in, and I had to leave my wife at the dinner table to come and see a fracture that needed to be taken care of,” said Gueramy.

It turned out to be a false alarm but that one incident is now saving countless doctors and patients time and money while making the bushiness of medicine flow a little better.


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