A Western University researcher and associate professor is one of the driving forces behind a secure, confidential app that could replace the iconic doctor pager.
Dr. Brian Rotenberg found that smartphones can provide a convenient way for physicians to consult with each other on patients, keep in contact with residents and students, and share useful information with colleagues, but current messaging apps do not comply with privacy legislation.
In an effort to create technology that would allow doctors and health professionals to share information but still follow the province’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), Dr. Rotenberg joined forces with Francis Yanga and Andre Ross to form the company ‘Citruvio Communications Inc.’. The app, PageMe, is Citruvio’s first product launch to the public.
“We realized there was a disparity between what physicians want to do, which is text about patient care, and what PHIPA regulations say, which is that texting is not a secure way of doing things,” said Rotenberg.
“Francis and I realized that there must be a modern solution, and that’s where PageMe comes in.”
PageMe has several layers of security: encrypted transmission of messages to a secure server, password protection, a self-destruct feature that deletes and erases messages after 12 hours, no ability to save photos or videos to the phone’s camera roll or to take screen shots, and only those who have been accepted to an individual’s network can send and receive messages.
“We think this app will be used by tens of thousands of doctors and medical trainees across Canada,” said Rotenberg.
“We can also see its application for nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists and others who routinely share information about patients and their care.”
More information can be found on the app’s website.