Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Washington Post Advocates Violating Patient Privacy?

The seemingly cavalier attitude towards a patient's legal right to privacy in a Washington Post article by personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary is disturbing.

The article recounts how a patient treated for an eel in his buttocks had non care team hospital staff in New Zealand view his information and post it online. Ms. Singletary said "If you treated the man, how could you resist a show-and-tell with co-workers?"

A patient's privacy is not just a matter of respect, it's the law. Instead of taking the opportunity to gather and comment on facts, which more consumers should be aware of, Ms. Singletary chose to made light of a patient seeking treatment.

Ms. Singletary and others should not have to worry about where their medical problem will fall on a healthcare worker's titillation scale.

"Color of Money Question of the Week: Should the hospital have fired employees for not being able to resist telling the world about a definitely titillating story?."
- Michelle Singletary, Columnist, Washington Post
While all medical providers are trained about privacy laws and the majority deeply respect patients' rights there are unfortunately some, like those reprimanded in New Zealand, who breach such privacy. Thus proactive detection of inappropriate healthcare worker access to patient data is necessary.

Veriphyr's question of the week: "Is the Washington Post advocating violating patient privacy?"

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Sources:
(a) Loose Lips Sink Eel Squealers - The Washington Post, 04/25/2013

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