With all of the technology that is available to us these days, it is incredibly convenient to search for answers to our medical issues without having to pick up a phone and call our doctor. The internet is capable of pointing us in the right direction whether you have a headache, a wound, an illness or something more serious. According to a recent study done by The Pew Internet Project, as much as seventy-two percent of Americans are using the internet to look up health related symptoms to either self diagnose themselves or to seek medical attention. Unfortunately, when you turn to the internet to look for health advice you may be being watched. Third party companies are collecting the information you type into your search engine that they are selling this information to other brands and companies.
When you search for something like ‘the common cold’ like Daniel Amen and you then you click on one of the top search engine results that comes up, the website you click on is passing your information along to these third parties. This is potentially a breach in patient confidentiality. You may think you are looking up a health issue from the privacy of your own home but in reality, you are letting the world know what you issues are. Keep this in mind next time you want to look something up on your own. Even if you think you are remaining private with an embarrassing concern, more people might find out about it than you think.