Doctors Caught Revealing Info About Patients On Facebook

from the not-smart dept

Earlier this year, we noted that the Journal of Medical Ethics was recommending doctors stay off Facebook entirely. I thought that was kind of silly, so long as doctors were aware of what they were doing on social networking sites, what was the problem? Well, apparently, not all doctors are particularly smart or discreet when it comes to using such tools, and a doctor in Australia has been reprimanded for revealing patient info on his Facebook account... which the patient later saw. You would think that even if a doctor was clueless enough to reveal info about patients on Facebook that he or she would at least keep that info private, but apparently, not every doctor has basic common sense.

Filed Under: doctors, privacy, social networks


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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Sep 2010 @ 7:32pm

    In these type of cases I'm all in favor of gradual response, you educate the people who did something by mistake and then if it happens in the future you know he is doing it with full knowledge and has no excuses and need something more stronger but I think the ultimate punishment is to let people know what he/she did there should be a database with all the wrongs he was caught doing it so people can decide if they want to consult with someone like that.

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