Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A hot blogosphere topic this week: the website Medical Justice, which advertises that it is "Relentlessly Protecting Physicians From Frivolous Lawsuits." According to the site's founders, its purpose is to promote an agreement between physicians and patients that would deter Internet defamation.
When first seen, elective patients are asked to sign an agreement of mutual privacy. Patients agree not to post about their doctor on the Web without the doctor's permission. Patients are free to discuss their care with other doctors, family, friends, licensing boards, attorneys, and any number of institutions. In exchange, physicians grant additional privacy protections to patients above and beyond those mandated by law.