Based on the premise that peer recommendations help health care professionals provide the best patient care possible, the North American Spine Society (NASS) has recently added new features to its SpineConnect community. NASS members and attendees of NASS meetings can now post cases and images, share knowledge and ask questions of thousands of spine experts from around the world.
“Quality spine care is not restricted by borders or the clock, so it is critical that spine specialists from around the world can connect and share expertise and resources easily,” said Heidi Prather, NASS president. “With SpineConnect, our members can pick up their smartphone or tablet and consult with thousands of their global peers 24 hours a day on something as complex as a lumbar fracture displacement case.”
Since its launch in September of 2014, more than 3,000 unique individuals logged on and participated in the SpineConnect community. The forum is accessed by nearly 200 unique visitors each day. The service can be viewed in over 90 languages on most devices globally.
NASS says that the most popular feature has been the case discussion area, where real cases are uploaded, discussed and opinions on diagnosis and treatments are shared.
In addition to the case discussions, SpineConnect offers an open forum, resource libraries, conference attendee forums, weekly polls, alumni networks, photos, videos and calendar of events. To create this unique community, NASS partnered with Higher Logic, a cloud-based community platforms company.