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    App coined ‘Instagram for doctors’ makes waves

    A novel photo-sharing app will most definitely not be named ‘the new Instagram’ for those who enjoy posting selfies or photos of their cats.

    Instead, Figure 1 wants to solve medical mysteries by allowing healthcare professionals to share photographs and information about their patients for learning and diagnosis purposes.

    Related: Do patients want video doctor visits?

    Patient confidentiality is obviously a concern with the photo-sharing app, but founder Josh Landy, MD—an intensive-care specialist at Scarborough Hospital in Toronto, Canada—told CNN that anonymity, ethics, and patient approval are the core of the technology.

    The objective, he said, is simply sharing of information and knowledge.

    “As a medic himself, Landy understands the need to seek external opinions when treating a variety of patients. One day, when looking around his hospital unit, Landy realized how commonplace this virtual sharing was among his students, as their hands were occupied not with stethoscopes, but smartphones. They were in search of a second opinion, and now they can get third, fourth and fifth opinions in a single click, with his photo-sharing app,” the news site wrote.

    Available for free on iPhones and Androids, the app allows users to take a photo, remove any identifying information, and upload it for feedback from the community of healthcare professionals using the technology.

    Rose Schneider Krivich
    Rose is the content specialist for Medical Economics.

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