Key points to remember
Collection, use, and disclosure of clinical images takenwith a personal mobile device
- Before taking a clinical image, consider the purpose for which you require the image, and obtain appropriate consent.
- Make sure the patient understands the reasons for taking the image, how it will be used, and to whom it will be shown.
- Document the consent process in the health record. Check what your health service/hospital requirements are for written consent.
- Never send a clinical image to anyone else unless you have the patient’s consent to do so, or if the patient would reasonably expect you to send the image for the purpose of their clinical management, or if you are otherwise permitted by law to do so.
- If the clinical image is sent to the wrong person, patient privacy has been breached. In these circumstances, you should seek advice from hospital management or our medical defence organisation.
Storage and security of clinical images
- Find out what your health service/hospital policy is for storing clinical images, and what systems your hospital has in place to facilitate the storage of digital images.
- Make sure clinical images do not auto upload to any social media networks or back-up sites.
- Delete any clinical image after saving it onto the health record.
- Have controls on your mobile device to prevent unauthorised access.