Figure1, a free app we previously reviewed that gives a professional sheen to the sharing of medical images most clinicians were doing anyway, just expanded to new platforms. We reviewed it when it first came out for iPhones, and since then it has become an iOS app with an iPad edition. Now it is being made available as an Android version and a Web app. Other recent changes include Doximity integration which allows Doximity members to log in and verify their accounts automatically, and a geographic expansion from the US and Canada to other English speaking countries such as the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
The developers tell Medgadget that there has been more than 30 million image views on Figure1 so far and from what we can tell there is an extensive database of clinical images being put together.
Some differences between the platform versions exist, but mostly the prior review for the iPhone still holds true. All use a central login that gives you access to your private images and favorites on any device. In the iOS and web (but not Android) there are categories, allowing users to search images by specialty and anatomy. The web app at this time is mostly read only, so you can look at images but not contribute to discussions, favorite images, or upload new ones.
As before, you can share images with “small groups of colleagues or with the wider medical community. The app takes a number of measures to safeguard patient privacy including detecting patients’ faces and blocking them. It also lets users manually block out identifying or sensitive details in an image.”
All versions of the app are still in development, with new features being added. Other than the differences mentioned above there are still things we hope they add in the future, such as a notification that others are commenting on your photos so you know when others have a question.
Download: Figure1 App on Android…
Link: Figure1 web app…