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Board Warns Doctors Not To Post about Patients

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

October 1, 2010

The NSW Medical Board has cautioned a doctor for making "flippant and derogatory" comments and warned others to think twice before disclosing patient details on social networking sites, News.com.au reports. "Facebook users are reminded that, despite their privacy settings, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable," the board said. The board issued the warning after a patient read comments posted by their doctor on the social networking site. A spokeswoman for the Medical Error Action Group said doctors posting comments on social networking sites is not uncommon and needs to be "reigned in."
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