Google+ Hangout with QuantiaMD’s Mike Coyne: Connect With and Learn From Your PeersOctober 11, 2013 by Melissa McCormack
QuantiaMD is a social learning and collaboration platform for physicians. Through its online platform, doctors can connect with other doctors and medical experts to get valuable insights that help them save time, make money and improve the quality of care they deliver.
I recently sat down with Quantia President and CEO Mike Coyne via a Google+ Hangout to talk about—and demonstrate—how doctors can connect with and learn from their peers through QuantiaMD’s online platform. Check out the video below for our conversation, and check out the video at the end of this post for the live demo of QuantiaMD.
Here are some of the key takeaways from our full discussion.
What is QuantiaMD?
QuantiaMD is a free network comprised of over 200,000 doctors. The platform’s mission is to help physicians accomplish three distinct goals: save time, make money and improve the quality of care they deliver to patients.
Doctors can listen to expert presentations or lectures from academic faculty, compete to solve medical puzzles or clinical cases and interact with one another to grow their networks and discuss new research or a current case they’re working on.
Crowdsource Second Opinions to Improve Quality of Care
One of QuantiaMD’s features that Coyne says physicians get the most value from is the ability to consult with other doctors in the network through “digital curbsides.” Physicians can raise questions based on cases they see in their actual practices, and receive timely feedback from peers.
Doctors can choose to target the entire community with a general question, or target a specific group of doctors (e.g., only cardiologists). They can also engage in private, one-on-one interactions with other physicians in the network.
“This allows physicians to extend their reach, extend their network, and to interact with physicians on a broader basis to do what they really want to do—which is deliver the best possible care to their patients.”
Coyne also shared a more personal anecdote that drove home how physicians might use this feature. A primary care physician treating a young patient with autism had tried several treatment pathways with no measurable result, and was growing frustrated with her options. She posted several details of the case on Quantia and solicited advice from the Quantia network. As a result, she received an overwhelming number of responses that helped her tailor treatment to her patient and improve his condition.
What’s particularly rewarding in cases like these, Coyne says, is seeing the physician who posted the question return the favor by answering other questions posed to the community.
Learn From and Engage With Subject Matter Experts
Top-tier faculty and medical experts record video presentations that physicians in the Quantia network can watch at their leisure. Doctors can also comment on presentations to add insights or raise questions, and often the presenter joins in the discussion to answer questions and engage with the Quantia community.
“The fact that physicians have the ability to interact with the experts is very exciting to them,” says Coyne. “It’s a much more interesting proposition when you can not only view a particular content segment, but then ask the presenter a question, on your time, in a convenient way.”
Experts benefit from this interaction as well. Coyne points out that the primary historic option for presenters has been to go on the conference circuit, presenting to a finite number of physicians at a time, with limited question and answer sessions.
But Quantia allows presenters to share their presentations with thousands of physicians, on those physicians’ own terms and timing, and to engage with their audience by answering questions or participating in discussions. “It’s a much deeper and broader experience for the experts, and frankly, rewarding for them,” Coyne explains.
Keep Your Knowledge Current With Interactive Games
QuantiaMD also makes use of games to present its members with fun, yet intellectually stimulating, interactive material such as quizzes, puzzles and image challenges.
Image challenges, for example, present physicians with an image representing a particular medical condition or presentation. Doctors answer with what they think the image represents and are scored in real time to see how their performance compares with their peers.These games allow physicians to practice and demonstrate what they know while expanding their knowledge in a competitive environment.
Access Valuable Information from Important Organizations
Quantia partners with organizations like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—groups that have highly relevant, often important information for physicians, but whose historical methods of disseminating that information haven’t always proven effective.
These groups want a way to get their information into the hands of the doctors it was designed for, in a way that the doctors will pay attention to. They don’t want to rely on busy doctors finding the information on the organizations’ websites, or making time for a live presentation during their busy days. Quantia lets doctors access this information when it’s most convenient for them, in a centralized location that these doctors are already visiting for other medical content.
Mike was also kind enough to give a short demo of the QuantiaMD platform to show us what the site looks like and how doctors use it on a day-to-day basis. Check out the demo here:
Thanks again to Mike Coyne for the demonstration and discussion of how doctors use QuantiaMD to connect with and learn from other doctors. If you’re interested in becoming part of the QuantiaMD network, visit QuantiaMD.com and click “Join for Free.”