Doximity 3:1 - The Real Next Generation

Who doesn’t love Star Trek? Growing up, I remember watching it every single day. The futuristic technology featured on the show led me to believe that one day, we too would implement tools such as these.

As a physician, I often think about the technical innovations on Star Trek and how they compare with the state of medicine today. In some ways, we’ve come a long way. Robots help surgeons perform procedures and scientists have developed 3D printed organs. But imagine practicing medicine in an era where this technology did not exist. Had we not thought of ways to incorporate IT into healthcare — through modalities such as imaging, diagnostic heart catheters and electrophysiology studies, among others — we would not have made such tremendous progress in the field of science and medicine.

Innovative technology has also improved healthcare communication for providers and patients. While the advent of the internet has revolutionized modern communication, we are still seeking ways to improve healthcare by reducing gaps between physicians and patients. We are still far behind Star Trek’s futuristic world, but if we don’t give technology a chance and think about innovation, we will remain stagnant.

As I speak of this, Doximity is already bringing the next generation of gadgets to today’s clinicians, and it’s all free of cost!

Are you tired of the cumbersome process to get fax records of your patients? Are you still struggling to find a free HIPAA-compliant communication texting app? Do you still go back to your clinic and hospital to call patients from an unblocked phone number that can be recognized by your patients?

Well, the Doximity app might have found the cure for these three problems. It uses 3:1 functionality to tackle these issues at the touch of your fingertips on your smartphone.

How does it work?

E-Fax: Doximity gives every physician in the U.S. a free, HIPAA-compliant e-fax number. Using the e-fax number on your Doximity app, all faxes get delivered right to your phone. Never again will you have to go to an actual fax machine and wait for a fax! If you want to send a fax, you can use the Doximity app on your tablet or smartphone to send a fax to any U.S. fax number, include attachments and sign on the go. Being an advocate for recycling and going paperless, I’m impressed with this functionality.

HIPAA secure messaging: I recently learned that this app is being utilized by some renowned residency programs for a means of HIPAA-secure texting. I think it is brilliant; there is no subscription or fees for this service. All you have to do is search for the colleagues you want to text and voila!

Doximity Dialer: I usually don’t pick up the phone when it’s a blocked number because of telemarketing and spam calls, andI expect patients to do the same. But what if you have to relay an important follow-up message about a lab to a patient? How can you do that without calling them from a blocked number? Well, thanks to the Doximity Dialer app, you can call your patients from your cell phone and display any number you want on your patient’s caller ID. Now, you don’t have to run to the clinic or the hospital when you need to call patients! Since most EMRs are accessible remotely, this functionality will allow you to call your patients from anywhere. This makes me even more mobile and gives me the freedom and independence I need in carrying out critical communication tasks with my patients.

Doximity is designed to make patient care more efficient and efficacious — it does not hurt to give it a try. As Spock would say, “for everything, there is a first time.”

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Kashif Shaikh, MD

Kashif’s inspiration in life comes from his family members who are educators, engineers and physicians settled across England, the United States, Canada and Pakistan. After attending the Aga Khan University Medical College in the coastal city of Karachi, he moved to Houston to become an Internal Medicine resident at the University Of Texas Health Science Center. He decided to pursue hospital medicine at a health-underserved area in Central Florida and became a Chief Resident at the new Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine. He serves on the NEJM Chief Resident Blog Panel 2016–2017. He is a Harry Potter fan who grew up reading Jane Austin and Emily Bronte. He played chess and badminton avidly as extra-curricular activities in school. He enjoys listening to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Chopin, Beethoven and Bach. He is a car enthusiast and loves road trips to nearby beaches in sunny Florida. Some of his interests include history, museums, art galleries, live theater, short films, historic cities, documentaries, charity events and current affairs. His future plans include a rheumatology fellowship, a career in academic medicine, charity and volunteer work.