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Technological leaps have been really making our lives easier. Want to catch a movie? Reserve a ticket online. Don't know the route? Use navigation apps. Struggling to troubleshoot your laptop? Watch tutorials in the internet. However, technology can also lead to irresponsible use. Recently, a doctor in the Philippines was made infamous after a video footage of her outrage after being involved in a car accident was uploaded in social media. This is like opening a can of worms because healthcare personnel are very easy preys for malicious tape recording.
A few months ago, I was doing a neurologic examination to an inpatient referral. Suddenly, the patient's grand daughter whipped out her phone and started to document the process without my consent. I stopped doing the physical examination and politely asked her to stop documenting the physical examination due to the following reasons: a.) It is against the law to record a conversation or any process without obtaining consent from the other party b.) It breaches patient-doctor confidentiality if the video becomes uploaded c.) It is unfair to the patient because he/she is getting unnecessary exposure. Physical examination per se is very uncomfortable because it necessitates physical contact (in the form of touch) with the doctor. I did not want her grandparent to be further subjected to stress. Irresponsible social media uploading of clinical procedures should be stopped because the hospital is bound by confidentiality. It must be set in stone that we are professionals who require privacy with our work and not stars of a hopsital-based series.
Lucky for us in the Philippines because we are protected by anti-wiretapping law. Any recording without our consent becomes dismissible in case of malpractice complaint. Do you have similar experiences in the hospital? For community members in other countries, are you protected from malicious taping?