Title: iPhone Medical Photography: Everything you need to know to get quick answers and reduce doctors visits
Author: Dr Zameel Panthakkalakath
Publisher: Innovate Books Ltd
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, Clinical Nurse Manager, St Giles Walsall Hospice
What was it like?
Medical photography is a book that looks specifically at making the best use of your iPhone for taking medical photographs. The reason for this being quick accessibility and answers to any questions answered more promptly. The book is broken down into five chapters and looks at the medical need and opportunity, better use of smartphones for medical photography, special techniques, privacy and security and general techniques.
What were the highlights?
I think the book aims to highlight that the health service today is a complex and busy setting where time for patients and their health professionals is precious. Chapter 1.2 supports that you may not always be able to get the professional needed at consultation, however, by using photographs that can be uploaded there and then may quicken the response time and therefore lead to improved patient care. It also supports that with patient consent that several health professionals will have access to these images and will lead to improved collaboration and teamwork.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book highlights the changing needs of the health service today and the often complex situations that health professionals find themselves with. It also sets out to make best use out of equipment that is already in use by many health professionals already. Although the book clearly identifies that it will be looking at the use of the iPhone and medical photography, not every professional will own or have access to one. Therefore, if there was to be a second edition of this book it may be beneficial to extend its scope and look at other alternative smartphones and how they could also be used to take medical photographs.
Who should read it?
This book would be beneficial for any healthcare professional wanting to look at innovative ways to capture medical photography in a timely and cost effective manner. Would be useful for professionals in medical photography to see if current practices can be changed or adapted to reflect the technological advances that we now have.
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