Doctor Reprimanded After Patient Privacy Breached On Facebook

Wed, 04/20/2011 - 6:44am
Kevin Pho, MD

Patient privacy and social media use in health care often go together when reported in mainstream media.

When physician blogs were a relatively new phenomenon several years ago, the majority of the media coverage focused on edge cases, where doctors inadvertently revealed patient information.

Only a minority of the headlines focused on the positive aspects, such as how social media could, and should, be used to guide patients to better sources of health information.

As social media has expanded past blogs, and into Facebook and Twitter, there’s more potential for negative press.

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