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April 2004

Digital Photography, Confidentiality, and Teledermatology

Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(4):477-478. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.4.477

In this issue of the Archives of Dermatology, Scheinfeld1 describes in a succinct and coherent manner some of the legal issues surrounding our growing use of digital photography. It is this storage and potential manipulation of digital photographs that has led to the growing interest and increasing concerns associated with the field of telemedicine. Teledermatology, that aspect of telemedicine that involves dermatology, brings with it a host of legal issues. Some of these problems surround the use of such images as legal evidence in a court of law. However, of potentially greater concern to our patients is the preservation of confidentiality of such digital photographs in the era of teledermatology.

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