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Physician Rights to Privacy of Data Prevail in Two Major Court Tests, But New Questions Lie Ahead

Robert I. Field, JD, MPH, PhD
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Information about physician behavior, including malpractice judgments, is becoming more public now, especially on the Internet, and many health care professionals are concerned about Web-based patient critiques. Two court cases show that although physician privacy has prevailed, it is expected to face ongoing challenges.