Brazilian Medical Council authorises the use of WhatsApp
The Brazilian Medical Council has authorised registered medical practitioners to use WhatsApp and similar applications to exchange non-identified patient information, including images, with other practitioners within closed user groups and communicate with patients. Restrictions remain on using WhatsApp or other applications such as video conferencing to consult directly with patients, although a debate has begun in Brazil on the need to changes these rules.
In Brazil WhatsApp is a widely used means of communication because telephone calls and SMS messages between multiple Brazilian Mobile operators and between Brazilian states are chargeable while WhatsApp uses mobile data allowances. So while possibly recognising an already existing practice this decision represents a significant step for Brazilian telehealth.
Brazil has one of the largest telehealth networks in the world and Brazilian clinicians are already huge users of diagnostic, second opinion and internet based medical education to support health services, especially in primary care. In the acute sector more than 50 national “special interest groups” in many disciplines make an important contribution to improving medical knowledge. See more information here ( in Portuguese)
Alan Taylor Associate Lecturer, CEng MIET, RPEng (IT&T).
Flinders University, Endevour Fellow, Brazil
Vice President Australasian Tealehealth Society http://www.aths.org.au/
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The University of Queensland's Centre for Online Health in conjunction with the Australasian Telehealth Society is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 2018 Successes and Failures in Telehealth (SFT-18).
The scientific committee particularly encourages submissions relating to the clinical use of telehealth across a range of settings including tertiary level centres, small rural hospitals, general practice, residential aged care facilities, in the home and within Indigenous communities.
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