Last Friday morning, I had the great pleasure to learn more about HipaaCat, a new mobile health app developed by fellow Chicago residents Dr. Gregory Dumanian, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Paul Hannon, President of SD3. The mobile app was designed to improve communications between members of a health care team including the chief doctor, nurses, resident physicians, physicians assistants, and medical students.
For the plastic surgery team, HipaaCat is used to monitor tissue health during periods of critical healing. Recent restrictions on the number of hours worked by residents meant that the chances of the same person being able to monitor changes in tissue over the course of 12 – 24 hours are slim. At the same time, an accurate reference for the state of tissue health is critical to informed care decisions.