View Reports In Your Browser

June 23, 2018

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Drag'n'drop PicSafe reports from your desktop to the My PicSafe page, and you can view/export them. This is great for those wanting to import reports into medical record systems.

To view reports:

  1. Go to My PicSafe and sign in.
  2. Drag and drop a .picsafe file into the grey rectangle or click on the "choose a file" label.
  3. The PicSafe file will be decrypted and viewable. You can also save the decrypted files.

Now you can open Encrypted PicSafe Reports (.picsafe files) on your computer, not just on your phone. We had a number of people ask for a desktop application that would allow them to receive and view PicSafe Reports while they were at their desk. Rather than create native Windows and MacOS applications, we decided to do it in the browser. This means no one needs to bother IT about getting a new program installed on their computer, and it means you can log in to any computer, wherever you are, and view reports.

As well as making it easier for recipients to view reports, viewing reports in the browser makes it easier for you to send reports to yourself and manually add clinical photos to an EMR/EHR systems. No special integration required.

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What is going on behind the covers?

The browser then does the following:

  1. The browser opens up and unzips the PicSafe file (in memory). This exposes the package.json file and the package.encrypted file.
  2. The browser extracts the URL of the Key Server that was used to produce the Key used to encrypt the package.encrypted file.
  3. The browser sends a request off to the Key Server with the recipient's User Token and asks for the Key.
  4. The Key Server logs the request and thereby produces an audit trail of who has accessed the report.
  5. The Key Server responds with the Key used to decrypt the package.encrypted file.
  6. The browser decrypts the package.encrypted file and unzips the package.encrypted file. The decryption is done purely in the browser, so no unencrypted patient data travels over the Internet.
  7. The browser then displays the report.
  8. From there the user can choose to save the encrypted report or save the unencrypted files as they see fit.


  • When you select a file, it's NOT uploaded/sent to PicSafe's servers; instead, it's decrypted and uncompressed entirely in the browser. No patient data will be shared over the Internet.
  • You can view and save individual files and add them to various medical record systems.
  • We provide this decryption on a web page, so you don't have to go through IT to install software on your computer, and you can use it on any computer.
  • To decrypt files, you will need an updated browser (the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, or Internet Explorer).
  • Do not change the .picsafe filename; otherwise, we can't decrypt it.
  • To print a photo, save the file and print once it is on your computer.
  • If there are multiple photos in a report, you can use the arrow keys to move to the next or previous.