Physicians consulting each other on a complex patient case is nothing new, but when the communication is done via Twitter there is some novelty. In a recently published Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association article, authors Kevan M. Sternberg, MD, Stacy L. Loeb, MD, MSc, David Canes, MD, Laura Donnelly, and Mitchell H. Tsai, MD, outline how urologists collaborated using Twitter to offer a patient a second opinion for a renal abscess, which is bacteria in the kidney.
What followed? An online discussion among 11 healthcare professionals from five countries, sharing expertise on surgical technique, equipment and best practices – ultimately resulting in a successful surgical procedure.
Why Informatics? So, we can employ the best care methods possible for quality and safe medical treatments.