Doctors already use phones to share clinical images of patients – legislation needs to catch up

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Imagine this scenario: you’re a recently graduated doctor working at a medical clinic in rural Australia. A person presents with a bite of what seems to be a poisonous spider - but you’re not sure. You take a photo of the skin lesion on your phone, and post it in a social media group to source swift advice from more experienced experts.

Digital image capturing devices like smartphones have enormous potential to facilitate communication for time-critical medical interventions. And, as a society, we all seem to be part of a contract where we tacitly consent to immediate, mass

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