By Sermo, Inc.
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Ever wish you could have a colleague’s opinion on a tough case, unusual rash, EKG, or Xray finding? Now you can on Sermo - the largest online physician-only network.
Created in 2006 by physicians, for physicians, Sermo is the largest online physician network and the only real-time medicine™ platform. Sermo membership is exclusive to US physicians. Sermo is always FREE, private and secure.
Join over 125,000 US physician members across 68 specialties and all 50 states to:
* iConsult –With 3 touches on your iPhone, you can instantly share clinical images and ask questions to capture feedback and advice from colleagues across the United States.
* Discussions - Share insights and expertise on clinical cases, practice management, healthcare policy, and more.
* Popular Posts – Follow discussions around the hottest topics in American healthcare and your specialty.
* Followed Posts – Easily locate and read the newest comments on your favorite conversations.
**100,000 discussions and 2 million comments to date and counting. Thousands of clinical cases solved on Sermo**
US physicians can sign up for Sermo directly on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. For more information, visit http://www.sermo.com.
What's New in Version 1.1
New in this release:
- Specialty shortcut added to the home screen
- Support for landscape mode on several screens
- Improved post creation experience
- Ability to share posts via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
- You can now see the post and prior comments while adding your own comment
- Links in emails from Sermo now open within the Sermo app
- Improved support for iOS5
- Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements
In dire need of an update
As an avid user of Sermo, I have I say I'm completely disappointed in this app. The major issues are few but bad enough to merit a poor rating. First, I get frequent emails from Sermo highlighting interesting discussions in the forums. If I tap on the discussion in my iPhone email app, it automatically launches Sermo but then I always run into an authentication error and have to sign into the app. It then loses the link to the thread that I was interested in reading and I either have to find the discussion manually in the app or just give up and try to look it up next time I'm in front of my computer.
The other issue is that this app has not been updated since the iPhone 5 came out last year. This means that the app screen size is still small.
Sermo! Get your act together! Most of your physician users are tech-savvy and depend on their smartphones/iPhones to browse and review medical content. Shame on you for being such a large online community yet not addressing these annoying app issues!
The app is fairly good but Sermo itself has rapidly deteriorated. What used to be a network of physicians with varied opinions who could vigorously debate politics and opinion has, since the exit of its two co-founders, gone rapidly downhill. Though the clinical content is still pretty good, the rest of the site is now controlled by a group of cyber bullies who pummel those who disagree them with vitriol and, if anyone dares to answer in kind c/o to management that their feelings have been hurt and attempt to have those who disagree inactivated. Surprisingly, the group is supported by management and quite a few have been deactivated. The organization is a shadow of its former self but if you like it the app does a fair job.
UPDATE: The organization is literally on life support. No leadership, and anyone who objects to the present gang of bullies penchant for using ethic and homosexual slurs, such as "asshamster" is kicked off the site. They are considered a joke by most physicians.
Emailed links poorly thought out
This is a vast improvement to the previous version.
One of the potentially useful features is the ability to click an emailed link and see the post within the Sermo app.
However, the execution is poorly thought out.
The app does not retain authentication.
This means that when one clicks a link, it launches the app, then fails with an error, prompting the user to login. Once the user logs in, it goes to the main screen. It does not follow through to the originally clicked post.
The developers need to make logins 'sticky' or have the app remember where it was going when prompting for login information. Entering login information this frequently for a relatively low-security app is getting very annoying.