Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires social media services to provide a higher level of security. Anyone on popular social network media could pretend to be a doctor because the verification of users is minimal there. Therefore, doctors like William Pena, MD, MD who may already be using popular social networks are not at liberty to share clinical content patient information on such sites. Medical professionals have to network elsewhere online.
Hence the creators of the social medicine platform Epocrates have catered to this demand and created Doximity, the free medical community social network site. Apart from having features found in popular social networks, Doximity possesses added layers of security and verification hence being HIPAA compliant. Doximity will be a valuable tool for improving patient care and help to minimize communication breakdowns between doctors – ultimately saving more lives.