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AMA adopts social media policy for docs

Nearly everyone has at least dipped a toe into the social media waters. But as useful as the tools are, they have real dangers for physicians and health care organizations.

During its recent conference, the AMA adopted a policy to guide doctors in this new media.

To avoid sharing too much, or inappropriate, information with patients and others, the AMA’s policy recommends:

  • Using privacy settings to secure personal information
  • Monitoring personal Internet presence to ensure information posted by themselves or others is accurate and appropriate
  • Maintaining physician-patient boundaries when interacting with patients online
  • Separating personal and professional information on social media sites, and
  • Recognizing that information and actions posted online can affect a physician’s reputation among peers and patients.

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