DOCTOR’S BLOGS

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!

Lauren Ellerman

Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.