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New app lets doctors text from the operating room

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Updated: 5/03/2013 5:32 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Jacksonville urologist Dr. Ali Kasraiean is no stranger to the operating room.  It takes a delicate touch in the operating room but also when it comes to talking with patients.

"It's a new set of skills we all have to learn and adapt to," he said of a new wave of communicating.

He's currently on the West Coast attending a medical conference and says a topic that keeps coming up -- intergrating technological advances into the medical field.

"Social media is a very important part of the way we communicate between physicians, between physicians and media and between physicians and their patients can evolve," he said.

Action News has uncovered one way it's happening -- a new app called MD Connect Me. Loved ones of a patient undergoing surgery will receive text message updates from the medical staff while the surgery is happening. Doctors at UF and Shands Jacksonville may soon be using it.

"The physician and the patient and the patient's family all come to an agreement who is to receive these texts."

Brent Coleman says he's opting out of the app. He doesn't want that sensitive information floating around in cyberspace.

"That's my biggest concern and fear that it will just go out anywhere and people will have access to it that I wouldn't want to have access to.  The way technology is today it can be shared and people may not respect that," he said.

Dr. Kasraiean says another potential problem -- what happens if the news isn't good?

"You have to be very careful how you deliver news such as something that's not progressing as planned."

He says technology will open doors and allow them to do more. But it's important to be mindful.

"Technology becomes a thing we have to be both very excited about and embrace but we have to also be responsible in how we do it."
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