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What imaging technology should I use in my practice?

Neal Martin • June 30, 2017

Are you searching for a camera to use in your clinic? Whether you are a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or general practitioner, the need for cameras for proper documentation of cases is becoming increasingly popular among MD’s. And for good reason. We have a litigious society. It’s no longer acceptable to provide good medical care, it’s necessary to prove that the medical care was a necessity - that it the right course of treatment. What better way to show the pre-treatment condition of a patient than with a good photograph of the condition. The advent of digital photography makes this a practical solution to increasing documentation in your cases.

But what are the downsides of this? First of all, cataloging and storing these images can become an expensive, time consuming task. What exactly are you trying to show - who is the patient, when was the image taken? These are just a few of the questions that quickly come to mind when beginning to think about implementing a photography program in your office. HIPAA security is also a huge concern. Are these stored in a way that is protected under HIPAA security laws? Do you have multiple locations and need to be able to access images from each?

Lastly, what camera should you buy? Camera technology has increased dramatically in the past 10 years. With proper lighting, a $200 point and click camera with 12 megapixels or more will be able to show anything that you are wanting to see. Rarely will it be necessary to have a DSLR camera with a macro lens and ring flash for close up images of patients. These can cost upwards of $1500-$2000 for a good rig. All of these cameras will store photos on a standard SD card, or wifi enabled card’s are available. These can then be transferred to a computer with a separate hard drive for storing pictures, or possibly on the medical software that you are already using.

DOPS answers many of these questions without the need to purchase any equipment. DOPS takes your phone and turns it into a HIPAA secure camera. The camera on the iPhone has the ability to take a high-quality image. With DOPS this image is stored automatically on a HIPAA secure cloud based server, chronicled by the patient, the date taken, and even with a custom category describing the image that was taken. Since these images are stored in the cloud on a HIPAA secure server, they are accessible from any device at any location automatically. No need to plug in the camera, or email an image. There is also no need to worry about where the image is, or if all of your images can be lost due to a hardware malfunction in the computer that is storing them. With DOPS, anyone in your office with an iPhone has a high powered camera in their pockets. NO need to purchase expensive cameras. No need to go searching for the camera in another exam room. Don’t have to pack up your camera during a surgery case. If you leave your home, your camera is always with you. Download DOPS and try it out for yourself, and see how it can help increase the documentation in your practice without adding cost or duties for employees.