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Patient Privacy Rights Extend Beyond U.S. Borders, Ethicists Say
Health Leaders Media

Most U.S. healthcare providers would never photograph patients and post the pictures on the Internet. Doing so, they understand, would violate patient confidentiality, and would merit substantial fines for breaching the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Yet, some U.S. physicians, nurses, medical students, and other providers who volunteer their medical skills in developing nations have posted pictures of their patients on Facebook and other social media Web sites.