Facebook goes to the doctor

Matt Bishop, Peter Mackinlay Yellowlees, Carrie Gates, Gabriel Silberman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


The use of computer-based social networks for health care changes the privacy paradigm of face-to-face treatment. For example, in an office, a patient can be reasonably sure that the physician or therapist is the only one present, and is who has been providing treatment. On a computer-based social network, communications travel over the World Wide Web, raising the possibility of eavesdropping, delay, and other problems. Further, verification of the party with whom the patient is communicating is more difficult, and to many less credible, than in-person verification. This paper describes the privacy paradigm, presents a set of requirements for effective use of computer-based social networks in health care, discusses what current technology can provide, and what gaps must be closed to meet the rest of the requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 Workshop on Governance of Technology, Information, and Policies, GTIP'11 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2011Nov 6 2011


Other2011 Workshop on Governance of Technology, Information, and Policies, GTIP'11
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software


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