Should Doctor's Blog About Patient Experiences?

11/17/2008 | Medical Malpractice

Recently, I came to learn that there is a community of doctors who are blogging about themselves and their patients (one doctor was even blogging about his medical malpractice trial why it was happening) I don't think this is a wide spread practice; however, blogging is still very new and who knows where this will lead? Here is one doctor discussing why it is important for doctors to blog about their patient experiences I don't know why, but I find this a little disturbing. Sure, most of the blogger doctors keep the patient names confidential and some of the doctors even remain confidential, but there is something about having real patient information disclosed in this medium that leaves me feeling a little concerned. I think it is a slippery slope that could lead to disclosure of confidential patient information. I'm not sure what we as consumer patients can do about it, but I'm concerned nonetheless. Hans Poppe