Instagram is undeniably fun, but sometimes it can feel like you are chucking minutes and hours of your life into the void. There is an element of mindless pleasure in it. But there’s another app where photosharing actually helps save lives. That app is Figure 1, sometimes called the “Instagram for doctors.”
Dr. Josh Landy thought up the idea for Figure 1 when he noticed that doctors were texting each other photos in order to communicate about cases. They would ask each other questions, or prep colleagues for a case. But why not expand that circle, and use doctors around the world to help out?
That’s what sparked Landy to create Figure 1, a network where doctors share photos, wisdom, and “likes” with their counterparts around the world. He has raised more than $US8 million for the app from investors like Union Square Ventures.
The results of Figure 1 are fascinating. Looking at the app is a glimpse into the strange world of doctors, complete with bizarre cases, gallows humour, and a palpable sense of how many lives are being saved.
To comply with HIPAA and protect patients, the app removes all identifying features, like tattoos and faces, from each photo. Patients also must sign a consent form in the app before the doctor can share a photo.
Here’s what happens in Figure 1: