Canada’s Worst Handyman
Figure 1 is a new app being hailed as the ‘Instagram for doctors’. The app is designed so that doctors can share photos of their patients (while keeping the patient anonymous) to get a second-opinion or verification of a diagnosis. Figure 1 will also function as a medical journal which archives these photos in order to preserve the doctors’ findings. According to Torontonian creator Dr. Joshua Landy, these photos are already being shared via e-mail or photo-message, and are subsequently lost. So rather than promoting heavier sharing of these photo, the app aims to better control this sharing, and preserve medical findings. Once uploaded onto the app, all pictures become public content, though the app is only usable by registered doctors. Once again, strict privacy regulations mandate that all photos must keep the identity of the patient anonymous.
While the app is only two weeks old, it’s been readily embraced by many local physicians like Dr. J Silver, who told the CBC that doctors are usually “the last people to adopt these technologies. We still live and die by our phones and fax machines. How many professions can say that? It’s a bit embarrassing.”
We’re a little skeptical about the app’s anonymity clause, and we can prove it:
Spock – “Live long and prosper”
Robin – “Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg”
Jeremy Schipper is an intern at Toronto Standard. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeromeoschipps.