Should Doctors Google Their Patients?


Should doctors look up their patients on Google?

According to Dr. Liliya Gershengoren, “Anecdotally, I know we do it all the time.” Dr. Gershengoren is a professor of psychiatry at Cornell University. In a recent survey she presented in 2017, Gershengoren found that “93 percent of staff and 94 percent of residents reported Googling a patient at least once, [and] that 17 percent of staff and 40 percent of residents Googled their patients on a frequent or semi-regular basis in the ER.”