TechTool review of PicSafe Medi by PicSafe on iOS and Android
There has been much discussion online with #foamed supporters interested in a mobile app that consents for taking patient photos. While we were all chatting about it…someone else has done it.
PicSafe Medi offers a secure way for you to take patient photos and record consent. It’s fabulous. But not exactly free.
- The app looks beautiful and works perfectly. It’s clear that a lot of time, effort and money has gone into making this app special.
- The developers have set up a company specifically for this app and it must have had a decent amount of financial backing.
- This app has very simple functionality: you take a picture; add whatever details you want to it; record consent from the patient; and upload the image to your archive.
- The archive of your images are not stored on your phone but on PicSafe’s secure servers. You can access them any time from your phone, or directly on their website, by logging into your (password protected) archive.
- If you want to share the photo with someone else then you can send them a link. They will also have to sign in to view the image.
- Images are stored for 7 years.
- And that’s it.
- Simple but delicious.
- There is a free 30-day trial and then you have to pay a rather extortionate $19.99 per month
Room for Improvement
- The price is really aimed at institutions and is completely over-the-top for individuals.
- It would be good to know more info about the ‘patent pending’ that they have – are they really patenting an app that stores photos securely (seems unlikely)?
- You cannot edit the consent in order to add specifics about your website usage so we are stuck using their default consent. However you could record them consenting for your website with the audio record function
As you can tell, I love this app. It’s what we’ve been looking for and I couldn’t have designed it better myself.
It’s not exactly designed for bloggers, but the app can be adapted to suit our needs. For uploading to websites/blogs you would need to copy the photo onto your phone and then upload it from there – this, of course, does negate the whole security issue (but I guess you could delete it from your phone immediately).
Ideally we’d use PediSafe as a basis for designing a FOAM app – but without more details of the patent-pending this isn’t an option at the moment.