GPs warned about privacy risks with patient images

GPs who email images of patients' conditions to specialists to seek a better diagnosis have been warned of significant privacy and legal risks.

The practice, known as store-and-forward, is becoming increasingly popular particularly with dermatologists, say research assistant Paul Stevenson and colleagues from the University of Queensland and Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

They say doctors should obtain informed patient consent, explaining how the images will be used, applying appropriate digital security