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Doctors Snapping Smartphone Photos of Patients' Conditions

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

September 12, 2013

A study of one large Australian hospital has found that half of all doctors and nurses take photos of patients—one in five using their personal smartphones, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Steve Hambleton of the Australian Medical Association says three committees are now developing guidelines for doctors. Hambleton says taking a photo to transfer to other doctors, for example, can be helpful for patient care or for teaching. But doctors need guidance on how to best protect such images. “Doctors need to be aware of the magnitude of the risk,” he says.
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