08 Aug British doctors, Snapchat Medreport
Faced with the age and low user-friendly dimension of the tools available to them by the UK health care system, doctors in the United Kingdom are reduced to find solutions to increase responsiveness and effectiveness.
Rather than faxing or mailing tens of pages of medical reports, British doctors prefer to use Snapchat, reveals a study published Wednesday, July 5 by Google DeepMind, a British company owned by Alphabet specializing in artificial intelligence.
Snapchat, became therefore be a fallback solution adopted by some doctors. Very concretely, some use the app to zoom in on a sentence in a medical record or take a radio picture on which they can then add a comment. For example, they send their colleagues information from their patients’ medical records.
Millions of private health information circulate on the application from the sharing of photos to that of videos, and this therefore exposes them to a risks of piracy. “It is difficult to criticize these individuals to the extent that this technique allows them to do their job,” the experts said. “But it is a way of operating unsecured, risky and unverifiable, which can not continue to exist.”
Medicine, entertainment and professional secrecy
The principle is not new. We have already reported here that in the United States, cosmetic surgeons do snaps of their operations. Others operate live in front of millions of Net surfers. All this is not very reassuring: if health professionals show their work, they share at the same time data that, in the name of medical confidentiality, are normally confidential.
In France, the phenomenon is not yet very widespread, but patients are no less immune to seeing their health information circulate in the Snapchat story of their nurse, gynecologist or on the wall of their doctor’s Facebook generalist. Which ethics for health professionals face social networks? “One can understand the fascination of health professionals for these apps where one interacts in real time, where one abolishes time and space but whatever happens, the code of ethics applies,” comments Health lawyer Omar Yahia, joined by Mashable FR.
Medical Dconfidentiality obliges doctors not to disclose any of their patients’ data, but this information can nevertheless be shared with other healthcare professionals in the interest of the patient, for example to ensure the continuity of the care administered . In Fance, it is called “shared secret”.
“Filming an operation in a medical setting between professionals, this happens often but in any case, the patient must be informed and give his consent in writing if it is recognizable,” explains Mashable EN Hélène Nativi, lawyer specializing in law Of health. “Sharing photos, videos and other information in the interest of science or simply filming the patient as you film your plate to put it on a social network is simply unacceptable,” adds the lawyer.
Once shared, content escapes doctors and can be picked up by apps or even hacked. Faced with the drifts observed in certain Anglo-Saxon countries, the National Council of the Order of Physicians had published in 2011 a white paper on the use of social networks. Professional networks of mainstream networks are distinguished. On each of them, however, the health care professional must be careful not to “bring the profession into disrepute”. “Even when it does not violate professional secrecy because the patient is not recognizable, the photo of a scar or a salacious comment shared on social networks may suffice to condemn the professional concerned when they do not Honor to the profession by not respecting the patient “, explains to Mashable FR, Renan Budet, attorney in health law and head of the commission bioethics and health in the order of lawyers of Paris.
In the case of breaches of medical confidentiality, health professionals are subject to disciplinary measures and may be prosecuted before a criminal court for sanctions which may range from warning to delisting.