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Use of ' Apps' to share clinical images

Some of you may have seen recent reports about mobile device applications that have been developed enabling healthcare professionals to share photographs of patients and their clinical conditions. These 'apps' allow users to take and share images in an open environment, the terms and conditions that the user agrees to absolve the 'app' developers of any responsibility relating to the taking and use of these images.  

IMI does not endorse or recommend the use of such 'apps' for clinical photography. Concerns around this practice including consent & confidentiality, security and compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 have led to the creation of guidelines which are available in the members area of the website. IMI have also raised these concerns on behalf of members with The Information Commissioners Office and the Department of Health.

You may wish to raise this within your own Trust and explain that you and your professional body see this practice as extremely risky and that the potential for images to be misused through these 'apps' is very high, leaving the Trust open to possible litigation.

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