Saturday, January 15, 2011

Confidentiality and public figures

Are there guidelines regarding medical confidentiality and public figures? Although it is remarkable to see and hear how Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' improvement in medical condition, I am surprised to see so many details and play-by-play developments reported in the news media regarding her changing health. Did her husband authorize the release of health information? If so, this important fact should be made clear in the news media.