Knowledge becomes powerful when it is shared online for instant access around the world. Instant access to images is a vital tool for healthcare research, now and into the future.

In this article, Ungerleider introduces Figure 1 and ReelDx: two apps that enable clinicians to see, hear and ascertain more information than ever before to determine diagnoses. Clinicians can share images, findings and opinions to get the answers they need, which benefits patients by improving diagnostic accuracy.

Professional ethics and adherence to codes of patient rights act as balancing mechanisms to ensure anonymity and privacy.

The apps discussed in this article represent a vast increase in the knowledge available to clinicians.