In a comment on last Thursday's post on eHealth for Safety, Dr. Hamza Mousa, a physician and system developer in Egypt, provided a link to his blog post concerning a website that appears to be brokering exchanges in blood and organs, outside of any official process or mechanism for organ donation and transplantation. He raises both the privacy and public safety issues associated with such sites.
We all know that the Internet is used for all kinds of nefarious purposes - kiddy porn, hate mongering and the like. We know that the Internet health care space is filled with quackery and sites that seek to take advantage of people in desparate circumstances.
This will be a constant struggle for those of us who promote the Internet as a tool to enhance the health and well-being of patients. I'm not sure what we can do about such sites. One thing we can be certain of is that for all the good eHealth can do, some people will be motivated to exploit the technology and the people who use it.