Selected Commentaries

 

FACEBOOK

 

The Council has recently become aware that some physicians have posted information on Facebook, and perhaps other sites, such that specific patients have been inadvertently identified.  Physicians are reminded that the disclosure of only a few basic facts, such as the location of the patient, and perhaps some fact about their clinical condition, may be sufficient to identify them to a family member or acquaintance.  Even if physicians believe that the posting will only be viewed by a limited group, the certainty of such can never be guaranteed.  To that end, Council wishes to remind physicians of the potential risk of a complaint, and disciplinary action, for posting or disclosure of any information which has any possibility of identifying a patient.  Council does not believe there is ever a need, or a point, to posting any information regarding a physician’s professional or clinical activity in such a fashion, considering the many risks and no discernable benefits.

 

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