The Pros And Cons Of Medical Ethics

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I. Introduction to Medical Ethics (Definition of Medical Ethics)

II. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (Jennifer Brilvitch)

HIPAA is the abbreviation for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which was passed by the United States Congress in 1996 (HIPAA). Under it are the Privacy Rule and Security Rule. "The Privacy Rule permits the sharing of health information without patient authorization (consent) for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations, and for other specified purposes" (Koontz). Anything else requires written consent from the patient before the information is released. HIPAA 's Security Rule ensures the information is kept safe from unauthorized access and details control measures
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Those elements that allow patients to say that they have been treated with medical malpractice are: "a doctor-patient relationship existed at the time of the alleged error of misdiagnosis, the doctor 's error to the level of negligence, and the patient suffered harm due to the negligence" (Medical Malpractice, 2016). This has happened many times and has caused people to suffer tremendously every…show more content…
Because of the luxury of social media, the need for in-person appointments with local physicians to ask about any and every ailment is not necessarily ideal this day in age. Not only do the general public benefit from inquiring medical information via social media but also so do healthcare providers. Health care providers and hospitals utilize social media as a way to share general medical information that the average person should know. However the issue of accurate information from real practicing physicians comes into play when gathering medical treatment and advice through the Internet is concerned. According to Pricewaterhouse Cooper, sixty percent of medical information posted online was from a doctor as well as fifty-six percent coming from nurses and fifty-five percent coming from hospitals. (Kotenko) Social Media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter add physicians in contacting and connecting with patients and other physicians. (Kotenko) Web sites such as Doximity give doctors a way to consult other doctors for beneficial help on their individual cases. (Kotenko)

Though there are numerous ethical issues that arise with medical information being shared through social media such as inaccurate diagnosis, unprofessionalism, and privacy, the need for instant medical advice or simply for reassurance from someone
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