– Ford Vox is a medical journalist and a physician. The opinions expressed are his own. –
That iPhone 3G you’re packing comes with a truly killer app: one guaranteed to hurt your relationship with your doctor if you use it to secretly tape your appointments.
That’s what happened recently inside one Washington state hospital, according to the irate physician, who complained about his experience to colleagues on Sermo, an MD-exclusive social network.
Dr. Anonymous examined a woman recovering from surgery to see if she needed rehabilitation. He found signs his new patient might not handle all the therapy that goes along with a spot in a rehab hospital. After discussing her choices for about 15 minutes, Dr. Anonymous discovered that the patient’s daughter’s iPhone displayed a metering bar moving as he spoke. “I had no idea I was being recorded,” he wrote.
Fellow doctors chimed in with near unanimity: call the hospital’s risk management officer, call your malpractice carrier, and fire that patient! While it’s a rare event, doctors can “fire” any patient from their care after supplying 30 days notice and a referral.