As stated on the sidebar, patient privacy is extremely important. Even though I am still a medical student, I am bound by HIPAA regulations. There are things about HIPAA I do not agree with. But I do agree with a patient’s right to privacy. No patient who comes into a hospital should ever be worried that details of their ailment or condition will become public knowledge.
In order to protect the identities of those involved in the stories I share, a number of measures have been taken. These measures include, but are not limited to, the following: withholding a patient’s name, substituting a patient’s name, gender, age, location of treatment, and/or other other physical descriptors. In my stories, a man coming in for a broken finger might be a young woman with a broken ankle. A story that is described as happening last week might have happened last year. The point is to convey the essence of the encounter without revealing the identity of the patient.
Readers who visit the site also have a right to privacy. Your IP addresses will not be published or shared. Those who leave comments or use the contact form to contact me do not need to worry about receiving SPAM as a result of entering their address into the form. Email addresses are kept confidential and will not be sold or given away. If you are leaving a comment on the blog, please note that comments on this blog are managed by DISQUS. For privacy information regarding DISQUS, please see their website.