Selfie medicine, though helps patients follow-up on daily medication, is a threat to patient privacy, according to a new report published on April 28, 2018.
Selfie medicine is gaining popularity among tuberculosis patients, encouraging people to take their daily doses of medication on time.
Phone apps help people to take their pills in an easy way by simply opening the app, taking a video of themselves swallowing the pills. This video then goes to someone at a clinic responsible for monitoring the patient.
Houston is saving up to US$ 100,000 a year, as its patients suffering from tuberculosis are following this new method of taking tablets. This is also being used for opioid addiction at a Tennessee clinic, while scientists are investigating whether it will work for the treatment of hepatitis C.
People do not complete medication cycles 25 to 50 percent of the time, according to a U.S. national research. This non-adherence can cause over 100,000 deaths per year. As the selfie medicine seems to be a good method at fixing these behaviors, data safe and respect for civil liberties, are problems to this method.
Some people may not feel comfortable taking a daily video of them popping pills, while breach of medical data by such electronic monitoring raises the biggest issues of compromising privacy.