Doximity creates first online passport for physicians
Written by Alexandra Buchanan
Doximity, the professional network for physicians, today announced more than 50 developer partners have built applicationson the Doximity API, giving medical application and software developers the ability toseamlessly integrate their products with the only verified, HIPAA-secure professional.
With Obamacare introducing 30 million new patients to healthcare, physicians will need to interface with an expanded and increasingly complex system. Doximity’s secure, single sign-on platform takes on a fragmented ecosystem of medical applications, reducing the administrative overhead taking up more and more bandwidth from an already overburdened “Facebook Connect (or ‘Login with Facebook’) has made it easy to for consumers to log in to new apps, but obviously isn’t authenticated or appropriate for healthcare,” said Jeff Tangney, CEO of Doximity. “We’ve made it easy for both physicians and developers to avoid the hassle of credentialing, authentication, and posting a public-facing CV.”
In just two years, over 220,000 physicians have joined Doximity to connect with colleagues, collaborate on tough cases, check schedules, and securely coordinate patient care. With more than 30% of all U.S. doctors as members, the service is beginning to achieve the proportions and potential of a true healthcare platform. "The Doximity API allows physicians to quickly sign up for our collaborative medical imaging service," said Michael Pan, CEO of Nephosity. "Additionally, the Doximity API enables us to securely verify their identity and populate their credentials."
For app developers, the Doximity OAuth API eliminates the need to develop a physician credentialing system, saving developers substantial time and money, and enabling them to scale up quickly and across multiple platforms simultaneously. Partners range from major players like US News & World Report and 4 of the top 5 medical schools to startups like DICOM Grid, DocSpot, Figure1, Image32, itMD, MedConcert, Nephosity, and
● Doximity is the largest verified and up to date physician directory on the internet
● The network’s 220,000 members represent over 30% of all U.S. physicians
● A new physician joins Doximity every 5 minutes
● Members have an average of 23 colleagues
For more information about the Doximity physician network, visit www.doximity.com and for more information on Doximity’s API platform, visit http://developer.doximity.com.Launched in 2011, Doximity (www.doximity.com) connects physicians to make them more successful and productive. With over 30% of U.S. physicians as members, collaborating across every specialty and academic medical center, Doximity is the largest HIPAA-secure medical network on the Internet. Created by the founders of Epocrates (Nasdaq: EPOC), Doximity is headquartered in Silicon Valley.
Getting ready for cloud data-driven healthcare
As healthcare continues to recognise the value of data and digital transformation, many organisations are relying on the cloud to make their future-forward and data-centric thinking a reality. In fact, the global healthcare cloud computing market was valued at approximately $18 billion and is expected to generate around $61 billion USD by 2025.
At the forefront of these changes is the rapid adoption of cloud-based, or software-as-a-service (SaaS), applications. These apps can be used to handle patient interactions, track prescriptions, care, billing and more, and the insights derived from this important data can vastly improve operations, procurement and courses of treatment. However, before healthcare organisations can begin to dream about a true data-driven future, they have to deal with a data-driven dilemma: compliance.
Meeting regulation requirements
It’s no secret that healthcare is a highly regulated industry when it comes to data and privacy – and rightfully so. Patient records contain extremely sensitive data that, if changed or erased, could cost someone their life. This is why healthcare systems rely on legacy technologies, like Cerner and Epic EHRs, to manage patient information – the industry knows the vendors put an emphasis on making them as secure as possible.
Yet when SaaS applications are introduced and data starts being moved into them, compliance gets complicated. For example, every time a new application is introduced into an organisation, that organisation must have the vendor complete a BAA (Business Associate Agreement). This agreement essentially puts the responsibility for the safety of patients’ information — maintaining appropriate safeguards and complying with regulations — on the vendor.
However, even with these agreements in place, healthcare systems still are at risk of failing to meet compliance requirements. To comply with HIPAA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 11 and other regulations that stipulate the need to exercise best practices to keep electronic patient data safe, healthcare organisations must maintain comprehensive audit trails – something that gets increasingly difficult when data sits in an application that resides in the vendor’s infrastructure.
Additionally, data often does not stay in the applications – instead healthcare users download, save and copy it into other business intelligence tools, creating data sprawl across the organisation and exposing patient privacy to greater risk.
With so many of these tools that are meant to spur growth and more effective care creating compliance challenges, it begs the question: how can healthcare organisations take advantage of the data they have without risking non-compliance?
Yes, healthcare organisations can adhere to regulations while also getting valuable insights from the wealth of data they have available. However, to help do this, organisations must own their data. This means data must be backed up and stored in an environment that they have control over, rather than in the SaaS vendors’ applications.
Backing up historical SaaS application data directly from an app into an organisation’s own secure cloud infrastructure, such as AWS or Microsoft Azure, makes it easier, and less costly, to maintain a digital chain of custody – or a trail of the different touchpoints of data. This not only increases the visibility and auditability of that data, but organisations can then set appropriate controls around who can access the data.
Likewise, having data from these apps located in one central, easily accessible location can decrease the number of copies floating around an organisation, reducing the surface area of exposure while also making it easier for organisations to securely pull data into business intelligence tools.
When healthcare providers have unfettered access to all their historical data, the possibilities for growth and insights are endless. For example, having ownership and ready access to authorised data can help organisations further implement and support outcome-based care. Insights enabled by this data will help inform diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment plans and more, which benefits not only the patient, but the healthcare ecosystem as a whole.
To keep optimising and improving care, healthcare systems must take advantage of new tools like SaaS applications. By backing up and owning their historical SaaS application data, they can do so while minimising the risk to patient privacy or compliance requirements. Having this ownership and access can propel healthcare organisations to be more data-driven – creating better outcomes for everyone.