Patient Confidentiality in the Age of Instant Communications

Safeguards to protect patient information

Thomas B. Fleeter, MD

As physicians, we have both a legal and an ethical responsibility to protect the privacy of patient information. This covenant of confidentiality is necessary for our patients to feel comfortable in sharing the full range of their medical information. If we, as physicians, do not have access to the full range of our patients’ medical information, our ability to diagnose and treat would be compromised.

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