Medical Selfies - Creating Consumer-Generated Health Data

June 18, 2019

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Taking medical selfies and sharing them with doctors empowers and reassures healthcare consumers, and can improve doctor-patient relationships.

Queensland University of Technology's Dr Kara Burns has published research on the benefits of the medical selfie, or as it is more accurately known, "Consumer-Generated Health Data". Consumers feel more empowered across physiological, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral domains. This provides the following benefits:

  • Can assist in clinical diagnosis;
  • Increases the patients sense of reassurance;
  • Improves communication with providers;
  • Promotes greater personal responsibility by the patient; and
  • Improves the patients confidence and satisfaction of the service by the doctor.

It might be time to start encouraging patients to use PicSafe too!

Medical selfie

View the article from the JNS website.