We've been getting great feedback regarding Fox.Vet from our beta users (check out our latest feature: Search!), but we've been getting even better questions that shows us you care about your virtual experience as much as we do! Here a mini FAQ to address those concerns:
How do we determine credibility/accuracy of information?
Our mission is to embrace the Free Open Access Meducation model that is increasingly being utilized in human medicine. What does this mean for Fox.Vet? It means that we have a constantly evolving information source where accuracy is achieved by the collaborative and interactive efforts of our veterinary community.
Fox.Vet is meant to be a discussion tool, not a source for definitive diagnoses. It is not meant to usurped time-tested tools (e.g. Merck, Vin, textbooks journal articles, etc). Rather it is meant to be a conversation starter between colleagues, to inspire further self-learning and research.
Our app is different from the aforementioned tools because it is geared towards visual learners, intuitive to use, and has a friendly user interface. With telemedicine being a hot and divisive topic in veterinary medicine, we seek to embrace the technological changes that are inevitable to our field rather than being caught unprepared for the consequences of information misuse.
Why this app? Why now?
We feel that if want any autonomy over veterinary technology, it should be organic and built by members the vet community―not by a third party company that does not fully understand the needs and concerns of our community. Our goal is to create an application that is clinically useful and accurate, inherently moderated by a community of experts, and has been field tested by credible professionals―which is why we need your help!
How do we address concerns about patient/client confidentiality?
When we first developed this app, this was one of our top concerns, too. That is exactly why we have three documents in place to address this issue:
In addition, we've worked hard to implement a picture editing tool that allows the user to crop or block out potential identifying features that may violate client and patient confidentiality.
Questions like these are exactly why we need feedback from beta users as, alone, we cannot possibly determine the breath of missing features that need to be implemented in the app to make it successful, secure, and reliable.
So please, continue testing Fox.Vet and thank you for your support!