Medici, an app that provides a single platform for patients to securely communicate with their doctors, has launched a new feature that allows doctors to communicate securely with their peers about shared patients.

The new feature, called Colleague Chat, allows doctors to easily communicate with peers, filling a primary need to facilitate collaboration in reaching the highest standard of patient care.

With this feature, doctors can now invite their peers to communicate securely on the Medici platform to discuss shared patients, verify treatment options, provide or solicit second opinions, generate new referrals into a specialty practice and more, to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

“We could not be more excited to revolutionise communication between doctors and their patients,” said Medici Founder, Dr Clint Phillips.

“It’s just one of the many ways we will continue to make doctors’ lives easier and more secure while finding ways for them to earn from their expertise,” continued Dr Phillips.

Primary care physicians can use the peer-to-peer communication to access specialists who can verify patient care options and to attain better insights into the appropriate management plan for patients with challenging healthcare situations.

In addition, less experienced health workers can access support from colleagues to validate the course of patient treatment and better serve the needs of their patients. Collaboration also plays a crucial role in the reduction of medical errors.

In 2017, Medici launched in South Africa in partnership with Dr Michael Mol and Hello Doctor, which already services over 400,000 patients in SA. The partnership will create an integrated link between the two apps, allowing patients on Hello Doctor to consult with their own doctor via Medici and vice versa.

Doctors can download the Medici for Doctors app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

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