Confidentiality and privacy in posting pictures in Internet – A Tip

If one wants to promote confidentiality and privacy in posting pictures in the Internet, aside from ensuring the pictures do not identify the persons in the pictures, one should not put the names of the person (or patient) in the file name of the pictures (usually JPEG).  My experience is that file name is detectable in the website after one uploaded it. Just put a number or anything without the person’s or patient’s name.

A tip from me (ROJoson).

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ROJoson’s Internet Journey, Social Media and Pledge to Abide on Professional Use in Health Care

ROJoson’s Internet Journey, Social Media and Pledge to Abide on Professional Use in Health Care

I started my Internet Journey circa 1985. (I recalled Dr. Philip Ng, surgical residency graduate from Philippine General Hospital, introduced me to the PC – Personal Computer – then emails; I recalled subscribing to  pacific.net.ph; etc.)

I attended a short introductory course on computer programming in La Salle, Taft Avenue, circa 1986-1987.  I tried learning the HTML.  I was trying to learning website making using the facilities of University of the Philippines Manila Telehealth.

In 1990, I used the free tripod.lycos.com to publish a website, the first: Education for Health Development in the Philippines (edhedephi.tripod.com).

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Thereafter, self-learned in making websites and blogs and placing in sites offering free hosting (tripod.lycos.com, then google sites, wordpress.com, and Facebook among others), I have more than 300 websites (as of August 2017). See https://sites.google.com/site/rojosonwebsites

I decided to put websites in the Internet because I wanted to share info, inspire and improve the health of Filipino people.  Everything is under the umbrella of my advocacy tagged as Education for Health Development in the Philippines.

The other reason why I put websites in the Internet was because I wanted to publish all my past writings so they don’t vanish with me when I die.

Aside from the websites, I went into social media as it started to become popular in 1999.

Social media as defined nowadays refers to electronic communication, websites or applications through which users connect, interact or share information or other content with other individuals, collectively part of an online community. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Blogs, Social Networking sites. – ID Patdu 2017

“Doctors are increasingly using social media to communicate with each other and with their patients. While this has clear advantages in being quick, easy and accessible, there is also the potential for problems, not least of all because of the blurring of professional boundaries in the virtual world of the internet. Careful use of social media in order to avoid the pitfalls that exist within it is essential.” – Marika Davis, 2013

“Social Media is the new avenue for creating connections and sharing of information. Through social media, one can reach a global community.  In recent years, we have seen how social media has changed the way we do things.  Social Media has been extensively utilized for health education and promotion, proving itself to be an invaluable tool for public health, professional networking and patient care benefit.  The challenge has been to use the power afforded by social media responsibly, and to define the line between use and abuse.” ID Patdu, 2017

ID Patdu (2017) has recommended guidelines in the use of social media in healthcare – health information privacy; responsible social media activity; professionalism in social media use.

Social Media and Medical Professionalism: A Manifesto from #HealthXPh (2016)
+ I am a health care provider and I will conduct myself in a manner worthy of my profession, even online. I will not use online platforms to rant or bash patients and healthcare professionals.
+ “First, do no harm.” Recognizing this and the trust that comes with my profession, I will ensure that the information I post, like or share is accurate.
+ Whatever I post online in relation to my clinical expertise should be of benefit to my countrymen.
+ I will prioritize the promotion and advancement of health rather than of medical products. I will not practice plagiarism.
+ I will refrain from posting information online that will compromise patient confidentiality and privacy.
+ I will value the patient’s dignity and privacy by not taking selfies, groufies or videos during encounters with patients that include patients’ body parts, surgical specimens or that show patients in the background without their consent.

I am on my 27 years (2017 – 1990) of Internet journey which include using social media to infoshare, inspire and improve in the name of Education for Health Development in the Philippines.  I am projecting I will be using social media for my advocacy for another 12 years (age 80 – 68 in 2017).

I decide today (August 2, 2017) to review the guidelines on the use of social media in healthcare and try to abide by them.

I will abide by the recommendations of Patdu and #HealthXPh

If in the past (August 1, 2017 and earlier, up to 1990) I had done contrary to the guidelines, I apologize and will correct them as soon as I discover the flaws.

The Patdu’s recommendations are contained in http://apamedcentral.org/Synapse/Data/PDFData/0011PJOHNS/pjohns-31-6.pdf

Dr. Reynaldo O Joson

August 2, 2017


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Social Media and Medical Professionalism: A Manifesto from #HealthXPh

Social Media and Medical Professionalism: A Manifesto from #HealthXPh
+ I am a health care provider and I will conduct myself in a manner worthy of my profession, even online. I will not use online platforms to rant or bash patients and healthcare professionals.
+ “First, do no harm.” Recognizing this and the trust that comes with my profession, I will ensure that the information I post, like or share is accurate.
+ Whatever I post online in relation to my clinical expertise should be of benefit to my countrymen.
+ I will prioritize the promotion and advancement of health rather than of medical products. I will not practice plagiarism.
+ I will refrain from posting information online that will compromise patient confidentiality and privacy.
+ I will value the patient’s dignity and privacy by not taking selfies, groufies or videos during encounters with patients that include patients’ body parts, surgical specimens or that show patients in the background without their consent.

ROJ@17aug2

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Recommendations for Social Media Use in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Recommendations for Social Media Use in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Ivy Patdu, MD, JV

National Privacy Commission
Republic of the Philippines

Philippine Journal Of Otolaryngology-Head And Neck Surgery Vol. 31 No. 1 January – June 2016

http://apamedcentral.org/Synapse/Data/PDFData/0011PJOHNS/pjohns-31-6.pdf

 

ROJ@17aug2

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Infoshare, Inspire, Improve – Tagline of ROJoson’s Facebook Posts and Blogs

Missions of ROJoson’s Facebook Project and Blogs

 

The missions of my Facebook Project and Blogs will be spelled out as such: to infoshare; to inspire; to improve.

Infoshare means to inform and share information and my TPORs (Thoughts, Perceptions, Opinions and Recommendations) which will lead to the other missions to inspire and to improve.

Inspire means to motivate changes for the better or learning on the part of my friends or readers.

Improve means to produce positive changes in behavior (learning) which is the ultimate target of my Facebook Project and Blogs, that is, Education for Health Development in the Philippines Program.

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Infoshare, Inspire and Improve is my tagline.

 

Lately, I am happy to see other taglines with more or less similar mission:

 

Philippine Information Agency

inform_inspire_involve

 



educate_inspire_change



reflect_share_inspire

 

ROJ@17jul26

 

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After a “Fall – Falter,” “Rise – Regain!” – A Revisit – July 2017

I have significant “Fall-Falter” events in first half of 2017 – March to June, 2017 – depression.

Starting July 1, 2017, I began to “Rise- Regain.”

I reviewed and renewed my life goals.  I set goals for the next one and a half year before I reach 70 years (January 31, 2019) – sort of a bucket list before I reach 70 years old.

I will finish my writings and online publications on the following:

  • Medical Anecdotal Reports
  • Medical Curriculum
  • Hospital Administration
  • General Surgery

I will create my own sense of well-being and happiness (along the line of to each his own).

I will be contented with what I have set as my limits (semi-retirement and slowing down in my profession; acceptance of “I can do only so much in life”).

I will put more emphasis on enjoyment of non-professional life.

ROJ@17jul13


After a “Fall – Falter,” “Rise – Regain!” – A Revisit – 2016

Posted on July 31, 2016by reyojoson

I have a significant “Fall-Falter” event this whole month of July, 2016.

Tomorrow, August 1, 2016, I promise I will “Rise-Regain.”

ROJ@16jul31

After a “Fall – Falter,” “Rise – Regain!” – A Revisit – 2014

In July 31, 2012, I coined this slogan for myself – “Fall-Falter, Rise and Regain!”

This is just one of the slogans that I have been using to help me go on in my life journey, specifically in implementing my life plan.   Some of the other slogans I use are: “It will come to pass!”; “Only do what matters most!”; “Live by the Day, by the Moment”; “You cannot do everything!”; etc.

I admit that I am not perfect.  Sometimes, or most of the times, at the frequency of at least once every 3 days, I usually feel I am going off-track in my life plans, in my daily, weekly, monthly things-t0-do plans.

What I will do is to tell myself, “fall-falter, rise and regain.”  I usually choose special days or occasions within the month to rise and regain.  The days of the month that I usually choose are the first day or 15th day of the month.  Sometimes, I use special occasions to rise and regain, such as Gregorian New Year; Lunar New Year; Easter Sunday; my Birthday; Philippine Independence Day; etc.  I also use beautiful dates to rise and regain, such as October 10; December 12, 2012 (12-12-12); etc.

Just like today, March 15, 2014, this is the middle of the month, I will rise and regain since I already felt as of yesterday that I am falling and faltering in my things-to-do plans.

“Fall-falter, rise and regain” has been very helpful to keep me on track and to help me accomplish my life plan.  Although I only officially coined the slogan in July 31, 2012, I have been practicing the principle since 1970 after my college days in UP Diliman.  At that time, I already started a habit of formulating and writing my life plan on papers.

ROJ@65@14mar15

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Tips on Counting Marbles

July 6, 2017 – a patient and a Facebook friend manifested wish to follow what I am doing in my Counting Marbles Project.  I said gladly.  She asked me to teach her how to start.

Here is the outline:

You became 68 years old last May 8, 2017.  Your first lifespan target is 70 years old as this is the average lifespan of Filipinos.  From May 8, 2017 to May 7, 2018, you will be 69 years old which is equivalent to 52 marbles (1 week = 1 marble). From May 8, 2018 to May 7, 2019, you will be 70 years old which is equivalent to 52 marbles (1 week =1 marble). Thus, you have a total of 104 marbles to keep tab of from May 8, 2017 to May 7, 2019. From May 8, 2017 up to now (July 2, 2017), which had passed already, you already used up 8 marbles.  Thus, if you want to start the Counting Marbles Project on July 3, 2017, your starting number of marbles will be 96 marbles  or 96 weeks – up to May 7, 2019.

July 3, 2017 – 96 marbles

July 10, 2017 – 95 marbles left

July 17, 2017 – 94 marbles left

July 24, 2017 – 93 marbles left

So forth and so forth.

Write down what you still want to accomplish from July 3, 2017 up to May 7, 2019.  Keep track of what you are doing on a weekly basis.  Answer the questions: are you on track; are you satisfied and happy what you have done the past week; are there any adjustments you have to make, if yes, do them now; etc.

 

ROJoson Counting Marbles

Counting marbles is about reminding us of the limited time that we have on earth and that we should make each week and day count as much as possible in terms of doing what matters most for our loved ones and for ourself. It is also about prioritizing things in our life.

I have been counting my marbles since I was 45 years old (in 1994).

I am now 68 years going 69 years by January 31, 2018.  If one marble will be equivalent to one week, I have 104 marbles in my jar at the start of February 2017.  Since it is already July, starting July 3, 2017, I have 82 marbles to keep tab of up to January 30, 2019 (the year I will be 70 years old – my first lifespan target) – 82 marbles to remind me of the limited time that I have on earth and that I should make each week and day count as much as possible in terms of doing what matters most for myself and my loved ones and others.  Counting marbles is also about prioritizing things in my life.

Note: in my regular postings, I use 75 years old as a target.  Behind the scene, I am also using 70 years old as the first target.

See Link:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151954205770800.1073741892.726455799&type=1&l=faed5aee3a

ROJ@17jul7

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