With social distancing precautions driving a rapid uptake in remote GP consultations, doctors have begun to search for the best ways to ‘examine’ their patients from afar.
Although in the past a verbal description over the telephone would have sufficed, it is now widely accepted that when it comes to diagnosing and assessing numerous medical complaints, a picture really is worth a thousand words.
Whether the complaint is an allergy-triggered skin rashes, acne, bacterial infection, shingles or even a tumor, a single photo can often provide a doctor with all the information they need to gauge the severity of the condition and decide on the appropriate treatment.
However, the act of sending a photo to your doctor is fraught with risk. If a secure network and platform is not used, the image could end up in the hands of an unintended recipient, with dangerous or legal consequences. Furthermore, the storing of patient images on a doctor’s personal device breaks important safeguarding regulations.