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Medblogging and Patient Privacy


628bd932-5e0c-4001-ab47-3091dd2578a6drcase300-real (Mike Sevilla, M.D. is a board certified family physician in Northeastern Ohio. We know him as medblogger and Blog Talk Radio star Doctor Anonymous.

Mike is moderating the Medblogger track session “Staying on the Good Side of HIPAA: Safe and Ethical Blogging Practices”.

Here is his take on the session and the panelists. Take it away, Mike!)


When I first considered authoring my own medical blog, I was very concerned about the issue of privacy. And, many people have told me that this is the number one concern that they have when considering entering the social media sphere – whether it be blogging, podcasting, or using sites like twitter and facebook.

“Staying On The Good Side of HIPPA: Safe and Ethical Blogging Practices” is the second of four sessions comprising the first Medblogger Track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo 2009. We’ll be discussing, arguably, one of the most difficult challenges medbloggers have to face – namely – Where is the line between safe & ethical blogging and patient privacy?

As my social networking/blogger identity suggests (Doctor Anonymous), I definitely have some thoughts on this subject and I will be moderating this panel of experts who will give excellent perspective on this complicated subject.

Rob Lamberts is author of the blog Musings of a Distractible Mind. Dr. Rob is a primary care physician who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Recently, he has entered the realm of podcasting with his wildly popular House Call Doctor podcast. In 2007, Dr. Rob proposed a “Health Blogger Code of Ethics,” which is used as a standard in the medblogging community.

Bryan Vartabedian is the author of the Parenting Solved blog. He is a pediatric gastroenterologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. He is the author of Colic Solved, the definitive book on screaming, miserable babies published by Ballantine/Random House in 2007. Dr. Vartabedian has written for American Baby, Parenting, Disney’s Wondertime and is frequently quoted in the national media on issues related to children’s health.

Bob Coffield is the author of the Health Care Law Blog. According to his bio, Bob is a health care attorney practicing at Flaherty, Sensabaugh & Bonasso, PLLC and blogging from Charleston, West Virginia. He is focused on helping businesses and health care providers weave through a variety of state and federal health care regulations and assisting them in business transactions. For a good introduction to this panel subject, I encourage you to read his post entitled Healthcare Blogging and Web 2.0.

I invite you to come and check out the first ever MedBlogger Programming Track at BlogWorld and New Media Expo 09. In addition to this topic, there will also be panel discussions on the State of the Medical Blogosphere, How To Influence Healthcare Through Blogging, and The Value of Blogs to Hospitals and other entities.

This will be an undoubtedly be a historic and fun meeting. Hope to see you there!

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