- MedPhoto Manager announced the release of its HIPAA compliant iOS application that allows clinicians to take, store, and share patient photos using reliable and secure tools.
The app lets clinicians provide patients with more personalized care by better documenting visits using images. Clinicians can use organization-owned devices or their own devices via a BYOD policy to take and automatically store images in a HIPAA compliant cloud server.
"I created this application, because I'm a doctor who saw the need for a simple yet powerful image storage and sharing tool," MedPhoto Manager Founder and CEO Dr. Michael Samuels said in a statement. "The healthcare community needs to embrace applications such as MedPhoto Manager in order to improve efficiency and patient care.”
“It also provides practices with a new revenue stream,” he continued. “While I utilize the app for my optometry practice, it's suitable for a wide range of disciplines that require photographic records. Our application provides physicians with a HIPAA compliant tool that better organizes patient photos and encourages inter-doctor collaboration."
MedPhoto Manager wants to provide patients access to personal information and images so they can gain more personal insight into their own conditions. The app allows clinicians to attach descriptive notes to the stored image for more context.
The company saw a need for a HIPAA compliant solution that would securely store photos and allow users to share photos. The process of taking medical photos is typically time consuming and involves several staff members traveling between the diagnostic machines and the patient.
The app lets clinicians easily take a photo with their device where it’s immediately shared to the cloud so other approved members of staff, such as specialists, can easily view the image and consult with the patient without having to be in the room.
If a patient wants to view their health information, they can log into the secure app and see the images and notes the clinician provided.
MedPhoto Manager is currently used by Eyecarecenter in North Carolina to increase efficiency and provide better patient experience.
"MedPhoto Manager closes a gap for physicians that has existed in healthcare far too long," Eyecarecenter Optometrist Dr. Kevin Loflin said in a statement. "It is a time-consuming hassle to obtain your patients' records and prior images.
“With MedPhoto Manager, you do not have to do a lot of work,” Loflin continued. “From a patient standpoint, it simplifies the process of tracking down health records and images as well – everything is right there in the app."
The app also includes a secure database of medical professionals with the ability for doctors to add colleagues for professional communication and networking. It also reduces the expense of medical imaging by eliminating traditional image capture, which means allowing clinicians to capture more images in less time.
Last week Vincari announced a similar feature as an update to its Electronic Physician Assistant application. The app update added a medical imaging feature letting clinicians use organization-owned or BYOD devices to capture images of patients.
Vincari can be used in BYOD environments because the images are never stored on the endpoint device. All data and images are validated, encrypted, and securely stored in a HIPAA compliant AWS cloud environment.
Images give more context to the visit than traditional plain text documentation. The Mobile Image Capture feature of Electronic Physician Assistant supplements traditional text documentation to provide a visual account of each patient’s unique visit.
The images can be used in the future to support clinician decisions and treatment plans for patients by providing extra information. The images could also potentially provide clinicians with better comparison data between patients and conditions.
Mobile electronic data capture systems are becoming more popular as healthcare organizations embrace mobile workflows. Mobile devices and smartphones have the potential to change the way patients are treated and the way patients interact with clinicians.