Let’s be honest. Selfies are fun. They are great ways of capturing the moment. Like my daughter and I on the merry-go-round at FunPlex this summer. Selfies can also get you in lots of trouble. I can honestly say I have never had a doctor or other health care provider ask whether taking a selfie during surgery is a good idea. It’s not. As some doctors in China recently discovered.
– HIPAA does not approve;
– Plaintiffs’ lawyers would certainly not approve;
– your hospital/clinic/employer would not approve;
– your patient probably did not approve (i.e., provide informed consent); and
– your own lawyer certainly would not approve.
The selfie-happy doctors in China were reprimanded and docked three months of pay, a slap on the wrist compared to what could have happened. The moral of this story: save your selfies for somewhere other than the OR!