Hey Keriamom - I didn't have time to read the article yet but I really wanted to email my doc for the same reason is you. I work in a law firm from 8:30-5 during the summer and do not have an office but rather my desk is in an
open area with people passing through. The bathrooms are multi-stall and the lunch room has people going in and out. I was in a Crohns flare and trying new meds. My doc was more than happy to do check ins with me over the phone instead of in the office because there was nothing more he could do in person. But, I had no easy way to discuss my bowel movements with him at work. I ended up talking in a basement stairwell once, on the street corner once, and in the parking lot of a grocery store. I chose the street corner because I decided I would rather strangers here about
my bowels than my coworkers. My doctor agreed that I could email the office and asked his receptionist to set it up for me. However, his office manager refused to allow it. Later, I read an article in our local bar journal about
doctors being afraid of using email because of liability. Their concern wasn't so much privacy but rather it was a concrete record of everything the patient told the doctor and vice versa and could be used in malpractice hearings. What is in your record is from your doctors point of view, not the patients. With email it is like recording all your phone conversations or office visits. After his OM said no, he agreed to call me after 6, even if it meant he was calling me from his cell.
26 Year old married female law student. Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.