Doctors in Australia can now exchange their medical wisdom with their colleagues across the globe following the expansion of a US-based doctor-only site.
The SERMO site currently has 382,000 members. To join members need to prove they are a licensed doctor.
According to SERMO, last year 3,500 challenging patient cases were posted by doctors in the US. These cases were viewed 700,000 times and received 50,000 comments. Most patient cases get responses within 1.5 hours and are resolved within 24 hours.
In May this year a GP in the US posted a photo of a mysterious branch-like mass on SERMO and reported that a 14-year-old boy had coughed it up just the day before.
After tapping SERMO’s network, the community correctly identified it as an extremely rare and deadly case of plastic bronchitis, a diagnosis that ultimately saved the boy’s life.
SERMO CEO Peter Kirk said as medicine becomes more globalized, it is important that doctors have access to the latest treatments and techniques from their international peers.
“SERMO is proud to offer Australian doctors a safe and convenient place to crowdsource insights without fear,” he said.