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Who's responsible when social media violates patient privacy?

Who's responsible when social media violates patient privacy? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Despite a hospital's best efforts to protect patient privacy, sometimes it only takes one person with a smartphone to take a video and upload it to YouTube. Then all bets are off.

We recently stumbled upon footage of an intoxicated man in our trauma center that was videotaped by another patient. The good news is the video put our staff members in an incredibly positive light, being caring and compassionate. The bad news is the patient's privacy was violated.

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Credibility of YouTube for Health Information on Heart Attack

Credibility of  YouTube for Health Information on Heart Attack | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Take Home Message:  Internet search for health information is growing: 71% of adults in US in 2007.  YouTube is used for health info and this study assessed the credibility of the info for heart attacks (MI).  

Most content (98%) was posted in the last 3 years. Videos from professional societies were the least watched but had the most thorough content coverage (symptoms, physiology, prevention & treatment).  The other sources (94% of content) from personal experience, news reports & pharmaceutical industry  had seven times greater number of views. But these were not thorough.  Only 7% urged immediate treatment for a heart attack - the most important of all public messages.  Prevention was mentioned in 17% of videos. Caveat Emptor.  (Caveat Spectator)  With Web 2.0, its better to trust trusted sources.

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