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Social media in health care create risks, benefits – SFGate

by Stephanie M. Lee, SFGate

…but the lines appear less clear for the increasing number of doctors who are talking to their patients about medical concerns on social networks. Physicians are adding patients as friends on Facebook and discussing their private health issues in the open. And while getting a wall post on Facebook from your doctor may seem innocuous, such acts can lead to awkward situations, privacy violations or wrong information, say experts.

“A lot of stuff is people sharing too much information that should either be left confidential, or in some cases information that shouldn’t be shared because it’s not true,” said Ryan Greysen, assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCSF.

In a recent study of 48 state medical boards, which license and discipline doctors, Greysen found that 44 of them have received reports of violations of online professionalism. Violations included improper contact with patients, inappropriately giving diagnoses and misrepresentation of one’s credentials.

Read more at Social media in health care create risks, benefits – SFGate.


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This entry was posted on June 23, 2012 by in Ethics & Policy, Health, Social Media and tagged , , , , , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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