Sunday, 5 February 2012

How to record consent for medical photography on an iPad2

The GMC has detailed guidance on consent for medical photography and other material.

Informed consent is required for most material and images must be stored securely. As a data controller you also need to be registered with the Information Commissioner.

Here is a nifty way of using the iPad2 to record consent for medical photography and keep it secure.

What you need:
- iPad2
- GoodReader App
- Consent form as a PDF
- A stylus is a recommended extra

1. Create a PDF of your consent form, such as the one here.
2. Open it in GoodReader (security protected and the files are encrypted).
3. Use the text box feature to record the patient details
4. Ask the patient to sign using the freehand function
5. Use the 'flatten copy' function to save a separate copy
6. Optional: rename the file with the patient's hospital number

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