November 20, 2013
New York, NY — Provides infrastructure for the next generation of peer-to-peer collaboration among physicians
WorldOne, the global leader in healthcare data collection, insights and intelligence, today announced the introduction of its iConsult version 1.1, an upgrade that brings new functionality and features to its leading virtual curbside application. Available on SERMO, WorldOne's online community of 200,000 U.S. physicians, these latest iConsult enhancements bring web authorship (previously only available on mobile), targeted alerts to relevant medical specialists and other improvements to the platform.
iConsult now allows physicians to author and discuss urgent and interesting patient cases from any web- or mobile-enabled device, and based on market tests, be almost assured feedback from multiple colleagues. Typical questions and responses include requested/suggested diagnoses and treatments with the best insights often resulting from collaboration among the doctors.
WorldOne has also appointed Dr. Benjamin Labrot, Founder of the Floating Doctors, as an Advisor, working closely with the SERMO team on its development plans for iConsult. Floating Doctors, a 501(c)(3) non-profit relief organization providing care to patients in developing countries, has recently integrated iConsult into its formal Care Guidelines.
"iConsult is a cornerstone of our corporate mission to enable improved healthcare delivery and outcomes," said Peter Kirk, CEO of WorldOne. "Today's product release is an important step for SERMO, reinforcing our dedication to serving physician needs on the front lines. Organizations like Floating Doctors will provide invaluable guidance as we execute on our ambitious plans to further develop iConsult and other digital tools of comparable clinical value."
To date, iConsult has helped solve tens of thousands of cases across a multitude of therapeutic areas, with cases solved on average in less than two hours. A recent documentary released by both organizations highlights how within just a few hours a dozen physicians on SERMO, representing a combined 300 years of medical education, came to the aid of Floating Doctors physicians to help diagnose and suggest the proper course of action for a critically ill young patient.
"iConsult eliminates barriers to collaboration, allowing access to the knowledge and experience of thousands of physicians within minutes - whether in a small remote clinic or the most-advanced, large-city medical center," said Ben LaBrot, MD, Founder, Floating Doctors. "The upgrades make it more versatile and ensure an even higher level of peer collaboration. I am excited to work with SERMO on developing a platform that I believe represents the future of medicine."
To learn more about the iConsult 1.1 release and a special opportunity for a SERMO physician to participate in a future open clinic in a location served by Floating Doctors, visit the SERMO Blog.
WorldOne is the global leader in healthcare data collection, insights and intelligence. Headquartered in New York with 18 regional offices across North America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, WorldOne brings online and offline access to medical professionals through a range of differentiated products and services. In July 2012, WorldOne acquired SERMO, the largest online physician community in the United States, to provide an expanded platform for its Global Networked Community comprising over 1.8 million healthcare professionals spanning 80 countries, including more than 385,000 US physicians. For more information visit: www.worldone.com.
Floating Doctors is the world's first globally-mobile, self-contained medical aid and research team traveling by boat. 15 men and women led by Dr. Ben LaBrot will make a 12-month medical relief voyage aboard The Southern Wind to various remote locations, arranging 10-day clinics onshore to treat local citizens in developing world communities. Floating Doctors is a 501(c)(3) California non-profit corporation, to which all donations are 100% tax deductible. Please visit www.floatingdoctors.com for more information on Floating Doctors' mission, how you can help, and the upcoming journey.