The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) issued a policy paper called “Online Medical Professionalism: Patient and Public Relationships” published on April 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine lists guidelines for physicians to follow in order to keep their personal and work lives separate.
A few of the recommendations on implementing social media for doctors include:
- Not “friending” or connecting with patients on social media.
- Not using text messaging for medical interactions, unless doctors exercise extreme caution and have consent from the patient
- If using e-mails or other electronic communications, keep them within an established patient-physician relationship and with patient consent
The full article can be read at: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57579418/doctors-told-to-procede-with-extreme-caution-on-social-media/