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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. September 2012, Volume 14, Number 9: 683-753.

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September 2012 Contents

Confidentiality

Ethics Poll

Two physicians, one in 1982 and one in 2012, each looked at the chart of a single patient he was interested in to see how many different people had viewed the information in that chart during one hospital stay. Which of the following sets of numbers do you think the physicians found when they counted how many people had viewed the patients' charts during one hospital stay? You will find one of these numbers (and hence the answer to the poll question) in this month's Journal Discussion
All things considered, do you think patient information is better protected [e.g., from people who have no need to see it, from mistakes made in entering information] in electronic medical records than in paper medical records?
If patients had ownership rights over the medical records that physicians and hospitals keep on them, the information in those records could never be used without the patientsí/owners' permission. Find the answer in this month's Policy Forum.

From the Editor

Defining the Limits of Confidentiality in the Patient-Physician Relationship
Marley E. Burns
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:685-687.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Repeating an Attending's Unseemly Remarks
Commentary by Peter A. Ubel and Robert M. Veatch
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:688-694.

Confidential Mental Health Treatment for Adolescents
Commentary by Pablo Rodriguez del Pozo
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:695-700.

The Student Becomes the Patient
Commentary by Georgette A. Dent
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:701-704.

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics' Opinions on Confidentiality of Patient Information
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:705-707.

Journal Discussion

The “Decrepit Concept” of Confidentiality, 30 Years Later
George L. Anesi
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:708-711.

State of the Art and Science

Electronic Health Records: Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security
Laurinda B. Harman, Cathy A. Flite, and Kesa Bond
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:712-719.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Patient-Physician Confidentiality: 'Til Death Do Us Part?
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:720-723.

Policy Forum

Would Patient Ownership of Health Data Improve Confidentiality?
Barbara J. Evans
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:724-732.

Medicine and Society

Confidentiality: Concealing “Things Shameful to be Spoken About”
Sue E. Estroff and Rebecca L. Walker
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:733-737.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

The Evolution of Confidentiality in the United Kingdom and the West
Angus H. Ferguson
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:738-742.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:743-750.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:751-753.