Have you seen you tube? Are you worried you will end up on it someday? Well here is a new one, you may end up on your physician’s blog. YES, you read it right, many physicians acrosss the country have started blogging about patients, situations, etc. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/16/AR2007031602097.html What kind of things are they talking about? Well, look for yourself:http://www.neonataldoc.blogspot.com/ This doctor speaks about stories, regrets, mistakes, hopes. The few posts I read were honest, refreshing, and real. But at what cost? Share too much about a patient and you have violated the age-old doctor patient privilege, or, HIPAA.. Even worse, share too much and maybe admit liability?
I don’t have a side in this dog-fight. Part of me is delighted to see a physician share his or her experiences, honestly and openly – reminding us that physicians are human…. but I sure wouldn’t want to see my physician blogging about my appointment, or information shared!