Instagram for Doctors: Sharing Medical Mysteries and Patient Prognosis

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“The idea is at the foundation of social media channels. The desire to share the unknown, or complex, is a human urge, and no-one knows better than doctors,” explains third-year medical resident Sheryll Shipes of Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial, in Texas. “I’m a very visual learner. Most doctors are … and we like to talk to each other,” reported

With Figure1, a photo-sharing app, healthcare professionals can now share photographs and information about their patients for both diagnosis and learning purposes Figure1, a photo-sharing app, according to

The app was designed to enable doctors to share pictures of their patients, both with each other and with medical students, stated So far, more than 150,000 doctors have uploaded case photos with the patient’s identity obscured.

“It may ring alarm bells regarding patient confidentiality,” reported founder Josh Landy, an intensive care specialist at Scarborough Hospital in Toronto, Canada, “and I vow that anonymity, ethics and patient approval are at the core of the technology. My objective is the sharing of knowledge,” reported business

The app is now available in 19 countries and, as of summer 2014, there were 150,000 users. The number is expected to be higher today with images in the library being viewed on an average of 1.5 million times a day. The greatest popularity lies in the continent of origin, now being used by 30% of U.S. medical students, according to