Daily Rounds collects clinical cases from medical schools & individual docs so physicians can learn from case studies via their mobile phone
Deepu Sebin, MD an internist and critical care doc from India, is the Co-Founder of Daily Rounds. He pitched the company at the July 2014 Health 2.0 Silicon Valley Meet-up at Plug and Play Center in Sunnyvale, California.
Deepu told us that doctors learn via three methods: books & journals, practice (e.g., internship, residency) and by reading and solving clinical cases. But he says, 98% of clinical cases that are developed die as old powerpoint files. There hasn’t been an easy way to share them via an electronic platform. Deepu says, “our platform is journals—so last century!”
Daily Rounds, he said, provides a personalized feed of cases tailored to your specialty. And they have gamified the process so you can challenge yourself and your friends, participate in a leader board or collect “Pearls” that you can turn into flash cards.
We noted that the company is only 6 months old and they already have 12,000 doctors using the app—he says 200 new docs sign up every day. They have 300 cases that come from medical schools and individual doctors. The app is only available in beta on Android, but they are planning an iOS version soon.
Here’s What I Found at the Playstore:
The app is free, that’s good, but it seems to be aimed primarily at Indian Physicians—there is a note that says “learn through clinical cases for AIPGMEE, NEETPG, All India Medical PG Entrance Examinations.” And some of the news feeds were India specific.
The overall rating of the app is 4.5 with 534 people rating it. There are however 17 1-stars, 14 2-stars, and 33 3-stars. Comments, particularly from the 5-star raters are quite short (e.g. awesome, good, great app, just superb); at least one of the 1-stars might have thought he was giving a high rating because his comment was “cool!”
I tried out a case—it was an interesting one—Goodpasture’s syndrome (I got it right!). As Deepu said in his presentation, the program functions more like a journal than an app. It was like reading a brief case study in a journal, but I was reading it on my phone instead of on paper—that’s ok though, because that means I could do cases instead of Words with Friends when waiting in lines.
As far as I can tell, you have to scroll through the cases to find something you want to read. I didn’t see a way to search for a particular topic. Also, I put in internal medicine as my specialty, but there were a bunch of pediatric cases in my feed. I also didn’t see the gamification aspect, unless answering the questions at the end of each case was the game.
And, although Deepu said this was “just for doctors,” there was no verification of my status—Doximity does make sure you are a doc before you can use the platform. There was one more thing that surprised me—you could take a picture of “something interesting in the ward” and upload and share it. There was no mention of protecting the privacy of the patient—arghhhhh—this would be a big-time HIPAA violation here in the US.
But I don’t want to be too critical. This is a great idea and the company is in its infancy. It seems to me they are off to a good start and should be able to improve the product without too much trouble over time. I look forward to following their progress.