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Dr. Howie Werman usually spends his work day in board meetings and the wellequipped emergency department at Ohio State University Medical Center. Full Story
uncle fester

Point Pleasant, WV

#1 Feb 21, 2010
Dr.Werman violated the H.I.P.P.A. RIGHT TO PRIVACY ACT,by telling that Amy Werfele had a rash on her arm that was red and blotchy and i hope she sues him :) maybe he should stay in haiti :) do you want a doctor telling people what you have wrong with you?
Jennifer

Bellville, OH

#2 Feb 21, 2010
I think it is wonderful what this Dr. has done and I can only hope others can do the same.
lurch

Sandusky, OH

#3 Feb 21, 2010
Maybe you should re-read the article. The author, not the physician, stated the patient name, almost certainly with her permission.

For what it is worth, I worked with this fine doctor years ago during my medical training and over many, many hours together never once never him as anything less than a compassionate, professional, outstanding physician. You would be lucky to have him care for you or your family.
Dr Y

United States

#4 Feb 21, 2010
For anyone who has not traveled to other countries, let me say that you probably can't imagine the poverty and extremely poor quality of life that people life in their entire lifetimes in some countries. This is also
true for many Americans in our current and long lasting downturn. If you have any capability to donate or volunteer, now is definitely the time. None of us can help everyone everywhere, but donate or volunteer to help someone somewhere. And, be as generous as you possibly are able.
Dave

Columbus, OH

#5 Feb 21, 2010
Props to this physician as he is what the medical field should stand for. There are many doctors today that still do understand that the patient is priority, but some certainly do not. As far as the individual from WV, lurch is correct. If there is written permission then there is no HIPAA violation.
gonzo

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 21, 2010
Good job Howie.
As for HIPAA comments-it is another example of how form has taken over substance. I agree that privacy is an issue, but we are obsessed with form and subsequently substance of care suffers. HIPAA has not made medical care better, but has made it more difficult to share information even among physicians taking care of the same patient.
Enough of that. This is what being a physician is about, caring for people-all of them, with rashes, with broken bones, and broken hearts. We cannot mend them all, but we can try. Physicians and nurses may do the actual lifting in this work, but we could use a little help from everyone in this country in providing the means to do our work. Again, thanks Howie for showing us what we do.
Susie West Virginia

Saint Marys, WV

#8 Feb 21, 2010
I worked with Howie at OSU so I know first-hand what a self-less physician he is and it doesn't suprise me in the least that he went to Haiti. We need more doc like him!
honeybee

Galloway, OH

#9 Feb 21, 2010
I love Dr. Werman. He was the best doc in the ER when I worked with him. I'm glad to know he's doing work in Haiti. As for HIPAA violation, the news is also responsible for printing it.
T J G

United States

#10 Feb 21, 2010
Dr. Werman has done some wonderful work, helping those who really need much help.
Turbob174

Columbus, OH

#11 Feb 21, 2010
uncle fester wrote:
Dr.Werman violated the H.I.P.P.A. RIGHT TO PRIVACY ACT,by telling that Amy Werfele had a rash on her arm that was red and blotchy and i hope she sues him :) maybe he should stay in haiti :) do you want a doctor telling people what you have wrong with you?
What a nimrod you are. I suppose every time you fall down or do something stupid you look for someone to sue. Typical - always looking for someone else to blame for your stupidity. BTW- you violated her privacy by using her name in your rant. I hope she sues you!
Bill

Columbus, OH

#12 Feb 21, 2010
good for Dr. Werman. Maybe that experience will seep into some of those other docs and nurses at OSU because they are spoiled rotten from
every single dollar this state has given them. OSU receives the most money
from the State than any other entity, entitlement, or business.

OSU is completely paid for by the state and perhaps, just perhaps,
they might reap some humbleness from this Dr.'s experience and treat
our own as well and with as much concern as they did in Haiti.
TICON

Westerville, OH

#13 Feb 22, 2010
My American buddy Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan could use Dr Werman and other doctors' ER experience and volunteerism. But, you can only be in one place at a time depending on your priorities. Hope everyone comes home safe to their families and challenges here.

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