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Your Surgery, Live on Twitter

Posted by Andrew J. Barovick | Feb 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Surgeons have tapped into the benefits of using Twitter to broadcast their findings to other doctors in reat-time, according to KevinMd . Kevin makes the point that using Twitter provides a means to share medical findings instantly with a wide audience.

But he also takes the long view, raising questions about patient privacy.  Doctors will have to obtain the consent of patients whose surgeries will be “tweeted.”  And though he does not invoke it specifically, what role will HIPAA authorization play in such surgeries?  What about the legal angle?  Will “tweets” be admissible evidence in a medical malpractice case if the surgery is performed negligently?  Stay tuned, using your Blackberry, Netbook, Smartphone…

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Andrew J. Barovick

Mr. Barovick is a graduate of Columbia College and Cardozo School of Law. He began his legal career at the Queens District Attorney’s Office, where he tried over 20 felonies to verdict, and argued an equal number of appeals before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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