Should smartphones be used for patient photography?

January 24, 2017

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The Journal of Plastic Surgery asks, “Should smartphones be used for patient photography?” Spoiler alert. Yes. More surprisingly, a huge percentage of doctors store patient photos on their phone.

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Here are the key take points:

  • 89% of doctors have taken photographs of patients using smart phones.
  • 57% of doctors store photos they take of patients on their phones.
  • 73% of doctors that take photos of patients on their phone store them among their personal photos.
  • 75% of doctors surveyed believe obtaining verbal consent before taking clinical photographs is sufficient to ensure privacy is respected. AMA disagree.
  • 83% of would obtain written consent when taking patient photos if it could be done more efficiently. Try MediCam!
  • Facepalm 26% of doctors have accidentally shown a clinical photograph on their phone to friends or family. Oh dear.
Within the field of plastic surgery, clinical photography is an essential tool. 'Smart phones' are increasingly being used for photography in medical settings.
Article Details

Should 'smart phones' be used for patient photography?
Plastic Surgery . Spring 2016, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p32-34. 3p.
Chan N, et al. Plast Surg (Oakv). 2016.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/27054136/