Today's changing healthcare environment presents a lot of questions and options to physicians, who are increasingly turning to online communities for answers, support, and camaraderie. Newly introduced regulations and evolving healthcare models like accountable care organizations (ACOs) make these bidirectional information hubs valuable resource centers. In the past five years, several secure physician-only communities have launched. Studies indicate that more than 60% of physicians actively use or are interested in using these resources. In this post, we highlight three online communities that address tough clinical questions.
Sermo has provided a closed online space for physicians to share complicated patient cases, solicit treatment ideas and discuss challenges since 2006. More than 120,000 members from 68 specialties are a part of this vibrant community. A recently launched app allows physicians to solicit feedback from colleagues across the country while in the exam room in real time (you may have seen this function "live" on "Grey's Anatomy"). According to Sermo, "No one physician is as knowledgeable as physicians working together."
QuantiaMD is another prominent secure physician-to-physician space where providers discuss real-time cases, best practices and compare patient treatment plans in private. Physicians create special interest groups to share knowledge about their specialty (such as cardiovascular health) or advocate for specific goals (such as reducing hospital readmissions). The platform offers expert physician presentations on specific diseases and a variety of tools, including a body mass index calculator and other screening tools.
MedScape Physician Connect, the reference network from WebMD, created this physician-only community. On Physician Connect, healthcare providers share perspectives, expand their knowledge base and voice their opinions. The discussion topics range from breastfeeding 101 to how to cope with potential malpractice lawsuits.
NaviNet shares this same commitment to physicians-delivering the information and support that they need where and when they need it most with solutions like NaviNet Insurer Connect, NaviNet PM, NaviNet EMR, NaviNet Mobile Connect and NaviNet Doc Xchange. Physicians, which communities do you find most useful? How have they helped you? Share your experience with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or on our blog.