SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS ARE HERE TO STAY – BUT HOW DO YOU ALLOW CLINICIANS TO USE THEM WITHOUT BREACHING PRIVACY LAWS?
A recent survey has shown that 100% of young training doctors use their smart phones to take clinical photos, with 85% having in excess of 100 such patient images stored on their personal devices.*
From March 12th 2014 any breach of patient privacy, such as a patient photo on an unsecured device, will result in a $1,700,000 penalty for institutions without the need for damages to be proven.
Yet if the photos are added directly to the patient record straight from the clinician’s smartphone or tablet, compliance is secured. V-Photo is the only application that can do this.
*Kunde, L., McMeniman, E. and Parker, M. (2013, 29 May). Clinical photography in dermatology: ethical and medico-legal considerations in the age of digital and smartphone technology. Australian Journal of Dermatology. doe: 10.1111/ajd.12063. [Epub ahead of print]
A photo never saved to your device
All photos taken with V-Photo are saved directly to the patient record bypassing the photo-taking device completely. In this way patient photos will never be mixed with clinician’s holiday snapshots and will never breach patient privacy laws. Notifications can be sent to other clinicians alerting them to the photo on the patient record.
Protect your hospital
From 12 March 2014, new laws with heavy penalties of up to $1,700,000 for institutions and $340,000 for individual practitioners will apply for each and every breach of patient privacy in Australia. Importantly, demonstrable patient damages arising from a suspected privacy breach are no longer necessary for levying these fines.
All the Federal Privacy Commissioner needs to show is that a breach of a patient’s privacy has occurred, such as a patient’s photo being left unsecured on a clinician’s smartphone or tablet.
Not another siloed storage solution
V-Photo is the only app that stores patient photos directly in the patient record – eliminating the need for adding another repository of information. This means that the photos that are taken are made available to the people that need them wherever they are, whenever they want. Additionally, by utilising your hospital’s existing resources you do not need to put your trust in external cloud storage solutions.
Save clinician time
There is no need for the clinician to gain and store additional written or verbal patient consent, as the information is stored internally and permission would have already been gained. The photo is taken, a description is added and it’s saved to the patient record. V-Photo eliminates the need to delete photos from smartphones or devices as it never enters them in the first place. Anyone with access to the patient record can then view the photo without the need for learning new interfaces or user logins.
Easy to use
V-Photo was designed by clinicians for clinicians and has a simple and easy to use interface. Viewing photos is as simple as accessing the patient record, which is updated in realtime. Additionally, V-Photo can link with existing data repositories to provide clinicians access to the whole patient record wherever they are, whenever they want. This works as an overlay for existing IT systems making them available on any mobile device. For more information see V-Mobile.