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More and more doctors share patients' info online

Plenty of professionals use Facebook to vent about their job. But what happens when your job is treating people's private illnesses? Would you be surprised to learn your doctor may be sharing your story on his or her social media pages?

A recent report from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that 30 percent of state medical boards have received complaints about "online violations of patient confidentiality." That means that a doctor, nurse or other medical professional has shared info about the patient on the Internet.

For example, a doctor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago was accused of posting unflattering photos of a model treated in his ER. Another doctor from Missouri was criticized for shaming a patient for being late on her Facebook page.

More and more disturbing news has arisen from the intersection of the digital world and the medical. Click here to find out if your medical records were among the 21 million recently stolen by cybercriminals.

To read more from the JAMA's shocking survey, click here. 

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/01/doctors_on_social_media_share_embarrassing_photos_details_of_patients.html

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