Monday, April 25, 2011

Doctor's Facebook Post Results in Termination and Reprimand

A Rhode Island hospital terminated a doctor's clinical privileges when the doctor inadvertently breached a patient's medical privacy through a Facebook post.

In addition, Rhode Island’s medical licensing board has ordered the doctor to pay a $500 administrative fee and attend a continuing education course.
The physician's Facebook post described clinical experiences without the patient names. But the description of the injuries was sufficient for an third party to identify the patient by name.
The doctor is now said to be practicing at a different hospital in Rhode Island.
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(a) RI doctor reprimanded over Facebook post" - Boston Herald, April, 2011

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