Urgent need for guidance on mobile phone use in clinical care

or reliable', the medicolegal pitfalls of picture messaging have been emphasised undermining its potential benefits.

Mobile communications knows no boundaries, so international as well as national agreement on transfer of data is required. Specifically this must cover the status of consultations when clinician and patient are in different countries. At present a UK clinician may provide a consultation using a registered patient's mobile phone unaware that the patient is in another country, where their UK medical credentials are not recognised and legal indemnity is invalid.


Contact: Rebecca Spargo
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