Going to the doctors used to be a private ordeal.
You told maybe one other person where you were going and what procedure you were getting.
And those same people wanted their privacy secured so much so that they banded together to protect their privacy and information. Then HIPAA Laws were created. The purpose was to keep loose lips tight and prevent the sharing of your medical information beyond the scope of the need to know basis.
Sounded great in theory. Create a system that fully protects your medical information, and keeps that information from being shared.
Fast forward a few years to the present and those people are now posting every aspect of their medical conditions, treatments, appointments, pictures directly to social media.
Yet, ironically those people sharing their medical info to their social friends still demand that the medical personnel treating them keeps their mouth shut about them.
It’ll be just a matter of time that doctor’s offices add this question to their intake form…
“Have you or will you post about this appointment or procedure on social media?”
Once you say yes to that question, you may end giving up any right you have to further protect your medical privacy.
This is why it’s so important to refrain from posting your medical information online. The more you do it, the less the doctors and hospitals will comply with your wishes to protect your information. Heck, if you’re going to disclose your own information, then why have policies and laws to prevent others from doing it?
Stop posting your medical information or someday those HIPAA laws will disappear. And seriously, posting your medical information on social media for all to see could be the very thing that is used against you in a medical malpractice case.