9 Q&A: Doc Halo allows secure smart phone communication between healthcare professionals

CINCINNATI - There's a good reason the Tri-State has a reputation for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship: The region is home to a number of business incubators and plenty of smart, creative people to keep them busy.

Each Monday WCPO Contributor Feoshia Davis talks with local start-up and entrepreneurial all stars. 

Doc Halo is a pioneer in secure communications in the healthcare industry. The downtown Cincinnati startup has created suite of tools that help doctors and patients communicate without compromising privacy.

9 Questions for Doc Halo COO Cliff McClintick

1. How did you get the idea for Doc Halo?

Dr. Jose Barreau and Dr Amit Gupta (both oncologists) first came up with the idea in 2009 when they wanted to use their smart phones to collaborate with other doctors on patient care. They knew texting was a more efficient communication method but were not allowed because it violates HIPAA regulations. At that time there were no other options so they started to research creating an app that would allow them to communicate efficiently and securely. 

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