StegoTime provides an excellent, simple, flexible solution to protect your patient data, while it is stored on your computer, local server, or cloud; or while it is exchanged across the Internet. Simpley, use Stegotime to hide the patient data in an image of your choice (e.g., your patient photo), authroize your patient or any other person who is legally authroized to access this data, and store it or send it to them by email. You can be sure that no one can disclose the data except you, your paient, and those whom you authroized.
As a doctor you have an ethical, legal and contractual duty to protect patient confidentiality.
You must make sure that identifiable patient data is not improperly disclosed in any circumstances. An inadvertent breach of patient confidentiality could result in you facing patient complaints or even a trust disciplinary or GMC investigation.
Communicating via Mobile Apps
NHS guidance for doctors using mobile apps which lack proper security features – such as WhatsApp – advises that “it should never be used for the sending of information in the professional healthcare environment.”
The guidance warns that, as a consumer service, WhatsApp “does not have a service level agreement (SLA) with users and has no relevant data security certification” and, as such, should not be used to send patient information or details of clinical cases to colleagues.
Data Storage on Portable Devices
When used with care, portable storage devices are a valuable and convenient way to store and transfer data.
However, since mobile devices are particularly vulnerable to loss or theft, security and best practice should be your first priority.