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Livestreaming Surgery: New guidelines raise questions of who benefits

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The Internet and social media have raised hosts of new ethical issues in the health care world: Should doctors friend their patients? Should med students post photos of their cool cases? Should doctor diagnose people online? The general answer for these questions has been no: “Friending” a patient is a boundary crossing, posting patient photos is a confidentiality violation and diagnosing a patient online (not through a formal telemedicine process) violates standards of care. But some online technologies have been adopted in full such as emailing your doctor and interacting with your health care provider through an online portal.…

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