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Medics tweet into hot water

25 Sep 09

According to a report by the Journal of the American Medical Association, there is a significant problem caused by trainee doctors "web chat", and sharing private patient stories and details online.

They investigated 78 US medical schools and over half reported cases of students posting unprofessional content online. Some even contained blatant violations of patient confidentiality with enough clinical detail to potentially identify patients.

It has highlighted the fact that although sharing notes between healthcare professionals can be very valuable, many have not been given no training or guidance on what is or isn't acceptable.

The UK's regulator of doctors, the General Medical Council, does not have guidance that covers medics' blogging, tweeting or forums.

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