Study: 6% of Physicians Tweeted Potential Patient Privacy Violations

In a study published in the British Medical Journal, 6 percent of physician and medical student Twitter users were found to have posted at least one tweet that could violate patient privacy laws.

Researchers studied the Twitter accounts of 237 physicians and medical students, examining 13,780 total tweets.

Results showed 15 users to have posted 26 tweets that contained specific and potentially identifying patient information.

The findings correlate with a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found 3 percent of physicians' tweets to be unprofessional.

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