More than 100,000 Medical Society Physician Members Now Able to Text Legally Using DocBookMD

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More than 100,000 physicians who are members of a medical society can now text patient data legally using a HIPAA-compliant mobile application, DocBookMD. Designed by physicians for physicians, the smartphone application has enhanced communication among doctors resulting in better and faster care for patients.



Thousands of patients are getting answers faster thanks to more collaboration among physicians who use DocBookMD to send text messages, X-rays, EKGs, lab results and images. Certainly teens know the power of the text and physicians now can too using DocBookMD, a mobile application.

A HIPAA compliant messaging application, DocBookMD solves the ban on texting patient information recently imposed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Since July 2011, physicians who sent individually identifiable health information via a text were in violation of HIPAA regulations, a felony offense. Penalties include hefty fines of up to $50,000 or up to one year in jail or both.

“By enhancing the way we communicate, patient care improves significantly,” said Dr. Tim Gueramy, an orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of DocBookMD. “Doctors can get nearly instant access to colleagues for consultations and to collaborate on a myriad of patient concerns.”

More than 80 medical societies in 20 states now offer DocBookMD as a free member benefit to physicians. DocBookMD is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android phones. To download the application, visit the App store on your smartphone.
In addition to text messages and photos, DocbookMD also allows physicians to:

  •     assign an urgency setting to outgoing text messages and confirm receipt
  •     search a local pharmacy directory, and
  •     search a local medical society directory to locate other doctors by name, location or specialty.

About DocBookMD
An exclusive HIPAA compliant smartphone platform designed by and for physicians, creating secure networks for physicians to share patient information and collaborate with their medical colleagues. DocBookMD is offered through county and state medical societies to their members and is currently available throughout 16 states. For more information, please visit:

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