The pitfalls of taking clinical photos on your phone

Technology often evolves faster than the law — and this is as true in healthcare as it is in many other industries.

One example is the in-built camera in your smartphone. Phone cameras, with increasingly high resolution, are taking off as a clinical tool, allowing doctors to photograph symptoms without waiting for professional clinical photography units, according to a recent article in the Medical Journal of Australia.

GPs can photograph skin lesions, for example, and send the photos to a dermatologist for their opinion.

But without a clear medicolegal