The latest smartphone camera accessory has become an essential part of the patient care package, with doctors now using it to take pictures of themselves.
While the device may not be the most fashionable device, it’s also one of the cheapest, and it can help patients in the short term.
The $150 FaceTime camera can take a picture of a patient with just a couple of seconds of focus, and the app allows the user to share the image with a friend.
“This can be very useful for patients to take selfies and share with friends, and also a good way to show the care team where a patient is,” said Dr. Scott Tippett, director of the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center’s Imaging Technology Department.
“It’s a very simple and inexpensive way to capture a moment in time.”
Medical apps have been a growing market in recent years, and many are now available for free.
For example, the app Pixi has become a popular way for patients and their caregivers to share images, and its iPhone app, Pixi for iOS, is being used by doctors to keep track of their patients.
“You don’t have to pay for it,” said Pivotal CEO Dan Mihlstrom.
“You can just download it.”
He noted that doctors are using apps to help with other aspects of the health care delivery process.
“They may not always need the camera for that purpose, but we do need it to help keep us informed about the patient and the care they need,” he said.
Dr. Tippet said that he uses FaceTime to take photos of his patients in his practice.
He said he uses the app because he wants to be able to show them where the patient is and what he needs to do to get there.
“If you’re not seeing the patient, you want to be in the room with them,” he explained.
“And if you’re looking around and see a patient in a wheelchair or someone in a wheel chair, you can look them in the eye, and you can see how they’re feeling,” he added.
Dr Tippetts said that doctors may not use the camera to take more intimate, intimate pictures of their own patients, but they can certainly capture images of others.
“It’s something that a lot of doctors are starting to do,” he told Mihs.
“If you see someone in your practice, you’re probably not seeing their face, and I think that’s where the selfie sticks are going to play a big part in helping us do that.”
Medical Apps and Photography in HealthcareNewer medical apps have added new features that make it possible for doctors to take better pictures of patients.
For instance, the Pixi for iPhone app lets you take a shot of a child with a single tap.
Doctors can also take photos in real time of patients at a hospital or in a waiting room.
“The Pixi can help the physician take better portraits of their patient,” said Mih, who also is president of the American College of Physicians.
“So for example, if a patient walks in the door, it will be in that moment that they see the doctor,” he noted.
“The Pixis will tell the doctor what their patients are doing, what they’re wearing, what the doctor is doing.
It will also let the doctor know what kind of care they’re giving, and what they’ve taken.”
Medical app apps have also increased the number of patients who can be photographed with the same software.
“When we had the Pixies, there were so many people who couldn’t take pictures because they didn’t have the equipment,” Mih explained.
“And so we had to start a new system, and that system has changed so many times.
So I think the Pixis are really starting to take advantage of that.
The app is really just a way to allow physicians to take their patient pictures with the device.”
As for what medical apps are currently in use in the U.S., Mih said that there are currently more than 200 apps that can be used to take photographs.
“I don’t think we’ve seen a lot that has really been innovative, so it’s really exciting to see it all come together,” he commented.