Doctors and hospitals are in a bind. Use of the camera on phones is so widespread, and the benefits so broadly accepted that it could be considered "standard of care".
Using current standard practices, hospitals and doctors (personally) are at risk of a compliance officer dishing out massive fines for breaching privacy regulations.
If you don't use the camera on your phone, patients potentially suffer. If you don't deliver to the "standard of care" you are open legal action.
For more, download the free PDF, "The Ten Commandments of Mobile Phone Clinical Photography".
There's patient data stored on your phone. What happens if you lose it?
Photos are often auto-uploaded to cloud accounts. There have been breaches in the past.
Patient data often isn't transmitted safely and can be intercepted.
When shared, patient data often isn't stored safely by recipients.
There's no record of consent. No consent can lead to trouble if there's a dispute later!
There's no record of who has accessed the data.
"To avoid a dispute over whether or not an image is identifiable, the best approach is to obtain patient consent in all cases before taking clinical photographs, and before using or disclosing them."
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Protection of patients’ rights to privacy. BMJ 1995;311:1272.
The PicSafe app encrypts all data and media before being sent.
Patients can either sign on the screen or record verbal consent.
Access to reports is logged and is therefore traceable (geo/time/device stamped).
PicSafe is super easy to use, just like the camera app on your phone.
Most people will not need to know this but, we also use CBC mode, password stretching with PBKDF2, password salting, random IV, and encrypt-then-hash HMAC. What you do need to know is that there are no known cases of this encryption having ever been "cracked".
PicSafe has undertaken independent Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT). See the PicSafe Security page for more.
PicSafe is free and will always be free.
We realised that if we charged for the app, doctors might continue to send photos insecurely using the default camera and messaging apps on their phones. This practice is dangerous, and we want to help. Full disclosure, we also have an ulterior motive! We have a "PicSafe PRO" version with some advanced features. The free version (PicSafe Basic) will suit most people but if you want some advanced features, find out more here. We also have an enterprise licence that allows institutions easy integration of PicSafe into patient medical record systems.