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Healthcare Professionals, Social Media and Patient Privacy

Social Media and Healthcare ProfessionalsAccording to, an OBGYN at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., posted a rant on Facebook about one of her patients who was continually late for her scheduled appointments. The OBGYN’s comment was publicly visible on her page, so even non-friends could read the post. It read:

“So I have a patient who has chosen to either no-show or be late (sometimes hours) for all of her prenatal visits, ultrasounds and NSTs. She is now 3 hours late for her induction. May I show up late to her delivery?”

Angry comments soon flooded the hospital’s Facebook page demanding that the doctor be fired. St. John’s Mercy Medical Center conducted a review of the incident and said although the doctor’s post did not align with the hospital’s values and was unprofessional, it did not violate any privacy laws.  It issued the following statement:

“Mercy values the dignity and privacy of all our patients and we are very sorry that this incident occurred. While our privacy compliance staff has confirmed that this physician’s comments did not represent a breach of privacy laws, they were inappropriate and not in line with our values of respect and dignity. Mercy holds its physicians and other co-workers to high standards in ensuring the protection of patient information. We cannot comment on specific disciplinary actions, but we will use this as an opportunity to reinforce our standards through additional education of our physicians and co-workers, including appropriate use of social media.”

Healthcare professionals should always exercise extreme caution when posting to social media sites about patients. If patients or others can identify a patient based on the information posted, the individual could be in violation of privacy laws and face significant fines.

Jeyaram & Associates Supports United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia

UCPCongratulations to the United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia for a successful “Share the Love” fashion show this past weekend at the Emory Conference Center. The entire Jeyaram & Associates firm and their spouses attended the event and even picked up a few items at the silent auction.

UCP supports the people we serve to achieve better lives, helping them maximize their potential, encouraging them to explore their aspirations and dreams, and providing ongoing support as they continue a lifelong journey of development and growth.

Georgia’s Legal Leaders: Jeyaram & Associates – Healthcare Attorneys

GeorgiaTopLawyersDJCongratulations to DJ Jeyaram and his team for being featured in the Georgia Legal Leaders magazine!

Only attorneys who have achieved the peer reviewed rating of AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell can be included in the publication!

Jeyaram & Associates was the only healthcare law firm featured in the magazine. page 11.