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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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), 28 Sep 2010 @ 7:42pm

    Get used to it

    This is going to be an increasing problem, as people's expectations of privacy are going to be increasingly at odds with corporate revenue models and a general failure of the law to keep up.

    Doctors discuss this stuff all the time (which is generally good!), it's just that the venue may produce unexpected results.

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