FI_DoximityOver the past few months, physicians across the country have been registering for Doximity at the behest of their administrators thanks to Doximity’s partnership with US News and Worlds Report. Now that part of hospital ratings will include the results of surveys sent to a pool of physicians selected from Doximity members, hospital and health system administrators have been pushing their physicians to claim their Doximity profile.

So now the question is what else can you do with Doximity besides just wait to see if you get an invitation to fill out a US News & World Report survey. Here’s a quick look at some of Doximity’s features that physicians may find particularly useful.

(1) HIPAA compliant fax: Doximity members can sign up for a secure e-fax number. That feature can be incredibly useful when requesting records from other offices or hospitals. As someone who practices mostly in the hospital setting, being able to access this fax inbox via my phone or tablet is really useful. It’s also worth noting that the fax inbox can be further secured with double authentication using your mobile devices pin or Touch ID (for the iPhone). You can also send faxes by taking pictures using your phone’s camera; when using the camera function within the app, the image is not saved to the device’s camera roll thereby avoiding the problems like uploading PHI to your iCloud account by accident.

(2) Alumni & Interest Groups: Doximity has the ability to create specific groups around really any common theme. One obvious use here is to create and maintain alumni networks, particularly given how many physicians are now registered on Doximity. These groups can be open or closed as well as HIPAA secured, though we should remember that compliance also involves appropriate sharing of information.

There are a few other features of note. The DocNews page aggregates news from mainstream media as well as medical journals that choose to follow. Doximity does enable proxy access to full text articles via institutional subscriptions. Eligible articles can be automatically tracked for CME credit, though it can be difficult to tell what articles are “eligible.” However, in my opinion, apps like QxMD Read and Docphin are better options for keeping up with medical literature.

Finally, Doximity has a beta feature for finding jobs. Potential employers can list jobs here that you can then review by specialty and state. There’s also an interesting feature that presents average salary by specialty, broken down by county. These numbers appear to be based on self-report of salary by Doximity users. That kind of feature could be really helpful in arming physicians as they negotiate contracts with prospective employers. It would be useful, however, to know what the denominator was when coming up with these numbers to get a better sense of how accurate they may be.

So now that you’ve registered for Doximity, I suggest you check out the e-fax feature in particular. Given the fragmentation of our health system, the growing scarcity of fax machines, and the increasing lengths of EHR progress notes, a convenient e-fax like this can be really useful.

Tell us about your experiences if you registered at the request of an administrator recently. Have you logged in since that time you claimed your profile? Are there features you’d like to see?