In this student editorial, published in the Australasian Medical Journal, we talk about the emerging problem of ethical behavior by medical students, physicians and other healthcare professionals who are using social networking sites or online portals, blogs or websites.
Chandra S, Chatterjee P. Digital indiscretions: New horizons in medical ethics. The Australasian Medical Journal. 2011;4(8):453-456. doi:10.4066/AMJ.2011899.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, the only way to disseminate patient information beyond the walls of the hospital was through medical journals or presentations. The potential for damage to the patient was minimal and was offset by the learning potential offered by it. Now the scenario has changed drastically. With the advent of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and of course, personal blogs, breaching patient confidentiality is just the click of a button away.