As Rena Tabata, CEO of Think Tank Innovations, the company behind the app noted, ShareSmart is Canadian health information privacy legislation compliant and runs on NorthCloud, Canada's most secure cloud server for healthcare.
ShareSmart hit the market 2 months ago and it's already managed to capture more than 3,200 users, courtesy of a dozen backers who run some of Canada's biggest financial firms, medicolegal practices, health centers and medical schools.
"Canadian health information legislation compliancy is essential when you are handling sensitive patient photos and information. What you're using now on your smartphone likely isn't," Tabata noted, adding that the app allows users to take high definition photos and share them immediately with colleagues, and patients can provide their consent by finger or stylus signature.
"Consent is automatically synced with the photos. And you can track how you've shared the photo and when you should archive it until."
The creators of the app were inspired to launch ShareSmart after colleagues published studies that showed how many Canadian doctors were taking clinical photos with their smartphones. Because these devices do not typically feature the level of security that is needed for handling sensitive patient information, many doctors reportedly had inadvertently breached confidentiality.
ShareSmart may only be downloaded by licensed healthcare workers. The photos that are taken by the user are not kept in the phone's built-in storage; rather, they are kept separate and directly uploaded to the secured cloud. In the event that a user's smartphone is lost, patient health information is not deemed 'compromised.'
"Photos and messages can only be sent within ShareSmart to other registered users; further eliminating privacy breaches by accidentally misdirecting messages," Tabata noted.
ShareSmart is a chat and photo-sharing app that was designed for Canadian healthcare professionals. The app is Canadian health information privacy legislation compliant and runs on NorthCloud. For more information, visit http://sharesmart.ca/ and northcloud.ca.
Think Tank Innovations Ltd.
Rena Tabata, CEO
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