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Whitepaper: Smartphones and Photos in a Hospital Setting
Author of the Whitepaper, Ashley Renner is the head of Verdi, the organisation that developed V-Photo and has partnered with Telstra Health.
Verdi products started at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and are now used by over 7000 clinicians across Australia.
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 $340,000 fine for clinicians and a $1,700,000 penalty for institutions without the need for damages to be proven.
*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]