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Patient confidentiality breached by 'tweeting'

24th September 2009

The Journal of the American Medical Association has warned that medical staff posting messages on networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are breaching patient confidentiality.

After researching various sites, it found examples of web gossip by trainee doctors who were sharing private patient stories and details. Over half of 78 US medical schools studied had reported cases of students posting unprofessional content online and 10% contained frank violations of patient confidentiality with enough detail that patients could have potentially been identified.


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Article Information

Title: Patient confidentiality breached by 'tweeting'
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12739
Date Added: 24th Sep 2009


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