What is the difference between a good doctor and a great doctor? According to Dr. Andrew Brandeis, it is experience, and he is launching a mobile application that holds the experience of thousands of doctors.
Share Practice is a collaborative clinical reference for doctors. After a doctor makes a diagnoses, the next step is to recommend treatment. Traditionally, the physician will step out of the room and consult with a reference book, research, or medical resource to find the best course. However, Brandeis said that these sources are not adequate because their funding comes from pharmaceutical corporations and insurance companies or from universities where findings are slow to publish and arduous to consume.
“Doctors right now have an antiquated way of transferring knowledge,” Brandeis said in an interview at his office. “I was calling or messaging or texting other doctors I trust to ask questions and realized that there was no structured way for us to share our experiences. When you are busy seeing patients, you don’t have time to sort through a ton of information. I want to collect doctors’ brains and experience in one place where it can spread quickly.”
As a practicing physician himself, Brandeis wanted to build a better way for doctors to connect over medical information. He started out with a Dropbox account that his colleagues could contribute to, and by the time it grew to 30 doctors and 10,000 treatment options, he decided to take it to the next level.