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Two doctors who messaged friends about a celebrity visiting emergency room suspended

By jennywill   Saturday, January 21, 2017   82,004   1,891   102
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Two doctors who had messaged friends about a celebrity coming to the emergency room has been suspended from practicing at the hospital.

There have been various cases where hospital employees broke the doctor-patient confidentiality rules, but this is the first time a hospital is taking serious disciplinary action. A celebrity 'B' had visited the emergency room of a hospital 'A'. Two doctors sent KakaoTalk messages to their friends, guessing among themselves if 'B' had been drinking, and who 'B' had come to the emergency room with.

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'B's label had not taken any action toward the two doctors, but the hospital put forth their own investigation, and after internal consideration, the doctors were suspended from practicing for 1 month and would work with a reduced salary for 3 months. The hospital explained that the doctors spreading news about 'B' coming to the emergency room without 'B's permission was an act of leaking private patient information.


The Chairman of Medical Ethic Acadamy said, "Even if the doctors themselves thought it was simple gossip material, all information on patients is related to the diagnosis and treatment, so it should not be leaked outward. Of course, when a celebrity comes to a hospital, it wouldn't be problematic to take a photo with permission to keep for themselves. However, acts where such things are used to promote a hospital, or where such things are spread to others should be stopped."


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shannnnt Monday, January 23, 2017

This hospital has their priorities straight.

poopqueen Sunday, January 22, 2017

Oh isn't it about sulli? 👀

IARMYGIRL93 poopqueen Monday, January 23, 2017

You're not the only one suspecting its Sulli im curious what makes you think that??

shoyst21 poopqueen Monday, January 23, 2017

I have that feeling too. I mean there were people of the emergency staff who messaged a friend when Sulli was there.

KP15 Sunday, January 22, 2017

serve it

ahaxd Sunday, January 22, 2017

That wasn't a big enough punishment... I mean leaking information about a patient? It should get you fired because you cant be trusted and is doing something that is illegal ...

cabbagejuice ahaxd Sunday, January 22, 2017

its probably their first offense. people can learn from their mistakes so they shouldnt be fired but if they do it again then they obviously should be. thats when they cant be trusted

cabbagejuice ahaxd Sunday, January 22, 2017

also keep in mind korea had VERY light sentences for rape or similar crimes so it doesnt surprise me that this is light too

ahaxd cabbagejuice Sunday, January 22, 2017

yeah i do understand... But still if it gets out that they've been drinking and hanging out with this or that person it can get the celebrity in lots of trouble :P But I do see your point!

galaxyifan Sunday, January 22, 2017

Very professional.

Alastair Sunday, January 22, 2017

Suspended?  loose lipped doctors should be fired,

ebilfairy Sunday, January 22, 2017

Two doctors who had messaged friends about a celebrity coming to the emergency room has been suspended from practice at the hospital. << I know I'm being picky but it just doesn't read right to me. It should be > HAVE been suspended not has been suspend. Anyway I'm glad the hospital took action against the doctors even if the celebrity didn't. If the celebrity was just visiting the hospital then I could kind of understand the doctors talking about it, but I'm assuming they were at the hospital for treatment so the doctors should have respected their privacy.

pink_oracle Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tut tut tut, they broke very precious trust and should be punished well.

Blue82 Sunday, January 22, 2017

I'm surprised at the light sentence. In the US they would have been fired but not only that there would be a federal investigation. The hospital I work for requires all employees to undergo training about HIPAA. If you are caught intentionally violating HIPAA they outline everything that happens. How they report it, what the consequences are, even how much in fines and how much jail time you can get depending on how serious the offence is. If you share something by accident such as faxing information to the wrong number or emailing results to the wrong email there are steps you can take and you won't lose your job but not for doing it on purpose. We are given guidelines of what we can discuss. I can say that I sat with a patient who was a drug overdose Monday night but I can't reveal their name, age, or medical information relating to the patient. Anything that can be used to identify a patient can't be discussed even if given verbal permission from the family or patient.

woopsiedaisie Blue82 Sunday, January 22, 2017

I was about to say that. They really should pass some kind of HIPAA law.

lilywoo Sunday, January 22, 2017

Anyway in the hospital I go for chemotherapy, the doctors always tell me everything about their pacients LOL

bangeryun94 lilywoo Sunday, January 22, 2017

First, I wish you a quick and healthy recovery and a happy healthy life.

supa lilywoo Sunday, January 22, 2017

I think it should be ok if you don't mention the patient's name or make it obvious who it is.

lilywoo bangeryun94 Sunday, January 22, 2017

thank you so much! I'm fine ^^

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