Dermatologists, you can now comply with privacy regulations when taking
Securely capture, send and store patient consented medical photos, videos and audio with the free PicSafe app.
- Comply with Patient privacy regulations and guidelines.
- It's a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
- Beautifully designed and easy to use.
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Secure & Encrypted
Built from the ground up with security in mind. We encrypt all data and media before sending.
Super easy to use, just like the camera app on your phone. Capturing patient consented photos is a snap!
Patients sign on the screen, or record verbal consent. Consent stored with photos/video/audio.
Send to Medical Record
Easy integration with medical record systems, and third party storage services (Dropbox and Box).
Access to reports is logged and is therefore traceable (geo/time/device stamped).
Erased From Device
Upon sending, the app removes all patient data from the device. No more accidental privacy breaches!
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Use Cases for Dermatologists
PicSafe® can be used for many purposes in medicine, but it possibly provides more value to derms than any other area!
Dermatology is a visual specialty, and clinical imaging is now considered to be an essential part of follow up and documentation. Virtually all dermatologists own a smartphone and many of them routinely use them for medical photography. The ease of capturing and sharing images with a smartphone makes it useful in medical photography.
A study has shown that dermatology registrars take medical photographs mainly for five reasons1:
- To gain advice from peers/consultants;
- for treatment and disease monitoring purposes;
- for teaching/academic purposes;
- to share with colleagues; and
- for research and publication.
However, medical photography using smartphones does not measure up to standard digital cameras in terms of image quality. This article discusses some of the important issues involved in using smartphones for medical photography and also attempts to provide tips to optimize the use of smartphone cameras in clinical imaging.
1. Kunde L, McMeniman E, Parker M. Clinical photography in dermatology: Ethical and medico-legal considerations in the age of digital and smartphone technology. Australas J Dermatol. 2013;54:192–7. [PubMed]
The main areas of our medical photography service include melanoma surveillance photography (mole mapping), scalp photography and general medical photography. The photography service helps the doctor and patient document the condition, as a baseline, and assists in monitoring the effectiveness of treatment.
Mole Surveillance Photography (Mole Mapping) allows the whole body to be photographed in 17 views, to help monitor the changes that can occur on a person's skin, including moles that may change in shape, colour or size.
Mole Mapping is important to assist in the early detection of melanoma and other types of skin cancers. The photographs are used as a baseline and point of reference for the patient, GP or dermatologist. They can also help assess the response to different kinds of treatment and prevent unnecessary surgery or procedures.
We are able to tailor the photography to the needs of the patients and doctor, which includes full-body mole maps, as well as half-body sets and single views.
We can also include reference scales and take Dermoscopy photographs, at the request of the referring doctor.
Our service includes A4 prints and a CD of the digital files. Results are posted using Australian registered post to the address chosen by the patient.
General Medical Photography
Much like Melanoma Surveillance Photography, we are not only able to photograph the body, but can tailor the imaging to the needs of the patient and doctor, by documenting different skin conditions in views that are applicable to a particular person and condition. For example, a patient who has Vitiligo or Psoriasis on certain areas of their skin, as well as various types of birth marks and other dermatological conditions.
We are one of the only facilities in Australia to offer specialised scalp photography to document different conditions of hair loss and help patients/doctors monitor their treatment. This is done in a controlled setting, so that images may be compared over the course of a patient's treatment.
For patients referred for scalp photography, it is preferable to wash your hair the day before your appointment. If this is not possible, please remember the time frame in which you washed your hair in regards to your first appointment. It is important to be consistent when coming for future appointments to make sure your hair is in the same condition at every appointment.
You will receive a disc on the day with your images from the appointment, as well as any previous ones. You should take this disk to your next appointment with your specialist. Upon request from your doctor, these images can also be emailed through to them.
Please bring a comb/brush, so you are able to style your hair t your liking after the appointment.
Implied consent is insufficient
The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires patient authorization to disclose protected health information to a third party if the patient can, in any way, be identified. A photo isn't considered de-identifiable if any one of 18 identifiers are present. In practice, the removal of identifies often means the benefit of capturing a medical photo is lost.