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After conducting a thorough review of Australian legislation, guidelines, and literature on the topic of clinical photography and patient privacy we found practical advice wanting. As such we have developed the Ten Commandments of Smartphone Clinical Photography - Australian Edition.
You would likely not be reading this if you didn't already recognise the many benefits a smartphone camera provides in the efficient delivery of patient care. So, we'll simply summarise the obvious benefits of smartphone clinical photography:
Albeit that doesn't make it right, it does clearly highlight the value of smartphone clinical photography in the modern clinical and surgical healthcare setting, and further places a genuine emphasis on getting it right by forming safe and secure practices.
We, therefore, take the longer view that it is moot to ask: "Is it reasonable to use smartphones for clinical photography?" Rather, how can such technology be reasonably (and safely) employed by medical practitioners to further improve their patients' outcomes?
The full article contains a more detailed discussion on each of the ten commandments. The analysis includes a review of some of the legislation and many guidelines, specific actions you can take for protecting yourself, and there is also a bonus 11th commandment! Download the full article.
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2 Should 'smart phones' be used for patient photography? Plastic Surgery. Spring 2016, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p32-34. 3p.