It seems that most in the medical community around the country are flying blind – sharing snippets of information anonymously over Facebook and Twitter. An emergency room doctor told a friend that they need a platform for smoother communications between doctors in different parts of the country and the world.
This platform should be able to validate doctor’s credentials, and also have experts available on call to deal with difficult situations. Here is what this ER doctor said:
Right now, we are flying blind, sharing snippets from anonymous doctors over facebook, twitter. I need a platform where docs can join, their credentials validated and then can post and ask questions of other frontline doctors. So an ER doc in Los Angeles can ask questions of an ICU doc in NY, Seattle or even Italy. So I can post what I’m seeing on the frontlines in Los Angeles to my colleagues on the east coast and the interior in places where there has yet to be widespread community transmission. And so that my colleagues can learn from my experiences before they are inundated. We do not have time to practice according to the usual Evidence based, peer reviewed data in journals and professional association guidelines. We need a better way to communicate what we are seeing so we can be agile and change practices quickly. Tech nerds: please help us!
What do you think about the technology community? Do you want to step up to the plate and do something? Ideally Slack could build a dedicated environment to do this? Or Signal folks could build a variant just for the professionals? I don’t know, but if we technology people want to change the world, now is the moment — ProductHunt launch not required.