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New AMA Policy Helps Guide Physicians’ Use of Social Media

11 Nov

The explosive spread of social media used by healthcare professionals and healthcare consumers has brought a lot of new challenging dilemmas to the forefront. The American Medical Association  recently put forth a set of guidelines aimed at helping physicians to maintain a positive online presence and preserve the integrity of the patient-physician relationship. 

The new policy encourages physicians to:

  • Use privacy settings to safeguard personal information and content to the fullest extent possible on social networking sites.
  • Routinely monitor their own Internet presence to ensure that the personal and professional information on their own sites and content posted about them by others, is accurate and appropriate.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries of the patient-physician relationship when interacting with patients online and ensure patient privacy and confidentiality is maintained.
  • Consider separating personal and professional content online.
  • Recognize that actions online and content posted can negatively affect their reputations among patients and colleagues, and may even have consequences for their medical careers.

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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