Policy for taking and Sharing Images of Patients in Australia

February 13, 2017

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The Australian Medical Association published a guide to help doctors abide by the Privacy Act when taking smartphone photos of patients.

The key takeaways:

  • Get appropriate consent and document it.
  • Make sure the patient understands the reasons for taking the image, how it will be used, and to whom it will be shown.
  • Make sure you comply with your health service policy is for storing clinical images.
  • Ensure clinical images do not automatically upload to any social media networks or backup sites.
  • Delete any clinical image after saving it onto the health record.
  • Have controls on your smartphone to prevent unauthorised access.
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Download the guide from the AMA website.