Journal of Digital Imaging

, Volume 32, Issue 6, pp 1052–1061 | Cite as

Fundamentals of Enterprise Photodocumentation: Connecting the Clinical and Technical—a Review of Key Concepts

  • Cheryl A PetersilgeEmail author


Photodocumentation is an invaluable tool in many specialties, including dermatology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and wound management. As digital cameras and camera-enabled smartphones have become omnipresent in our society, they have brought photodocumentation to all corners of healthcare organizations including the emergency department as well as family medicine and pediatrics. Simultaneously, enterprise imaging programs have evolved enabling access to all medical images for all providers throughout these organizations. Through their unique perspective, enterprise imaging teams have an opportunity to guide development of high quality, ethical programs that are compliant with legal and regulatory requirements. Clinical and technical standards for photodocumentation are not fully evolved and thus establishing an enterprise photodocumentation program will require communication and education. Development of such a program requires an understanding of the clinical, ethical, and technical issues around photodocumentation. This article explores how photodocumentation is utilized, the patient’s experience, current quality concerns, tools and technical issues around image acquisition, and the topics of informed consent, privacy, security, and lifecycle and health information management.


Enterprise imaging Photodocumentation Clinical photography Visible light Digital imaging 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of MedicineCase Western Reserve UniversityNoveltyUSA

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