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- Credentialing for the virtual world
The Figure 1 app, which has been called “Instagram for doctors,” might help physicians make difficult diagnoses more rapidly by seeing what their colleagues have encountered. It might also provide a repository of visual information about a wide variety of afflictions. The creators of this service claim that every picture posted is first vetted by experts (one would hope) and only credentialed healthcare professionals may upload information.
- There’s an app for that
A photo-sharing service for healthcare professionals will be rolled out across Western Europe by the end of the year, BBC News reported this week. The service, called Figure 1, enables physicians to share pictures of their patients with each other and with medical students. Each photo is reviewed by moderators before it is added to the database, and physicians must provide identifying credentials and are advised to notify their employees and patients to find out about consent policies before using the service. Anybody can download the Figure 1 app for free, but only verified healthcare professionals can upload photos or comment on them.
- AMA, AAAASF offer Ebola resources
The AMA and the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) separately announced new resources for Ebola. The AMA has created an online Ebola Resource Center for healthcare organizations and providers. The webpage offers the latest news, a CDC fact sheet about the disease, and resources for preparing a hospital or practice. AMA stated that it will update this resource center regularly to provide information to physicians and other healthcare workers.
- FSMB releases completed version of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
In an effort to streamline the process for physicians to obtain medical licenses in multiple states, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently released the final draft of its Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
- California Court of Appeals affirms dismissal of physician claims against hospital
The California Court of Appeals for the Second District, Division 3 (the "Court"), in an unpublished opinion, upheld the Superior Court of Los Angeles County's decision to strike a physician's lawsuit against a hospital and its medical staff claiming he was denied the right to practice medicine on the basis that the defendants' actions were protected under state's anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute.
- Nevada Supreme Court upholds dismissal of anesthesiologist's lawsuit against hospital
The Nevada Supreme Court (the "Court") upheld, in an unpublished opinion, a lower court's dismissal of an anesthesiologist's lawsuit against MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, because the Hospital has immunity under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act of 1986 (HCQIA).Case summary
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