Thursday, March 18, 2010

Social Media and Physicians on the NEJM

You don't see many articles on social media on the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Here's one that may be of interest that starts with the following Editor’s Note:
“Social media has had a dramatic impact on the way the medical community communicates among its members and to the outside world. While it may be appropriate and safe to share deidentified cases or aggregate information with peers to ascertain the legitimacy of specific clinical approaches, research findings, policy issues, and professional needs or support, there are uses that pose potentially serious legal risks and consequences. These include the dissemination of information on specific patients, resulting in HIPAA violations, boundary breaches for “befriending” patients, and practicing medicine in jurisdictions where the clinician is not licensed. When using social media, physicians should ensure that they act responsibly and respect physician-patient confidentiality.”

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