It may seem like a good idea to be active on social media, but what innocuous information might be misconstrued based on what you post? What snap judgments could be made about your personal or professional life?
by Lori Holt in Social & Electronic Media on Friday, February 01, 2019
Many DCs want to keep their personal and professional lives separate. Yet they post on social media or maintain blogs where they identify themselves as doctors.
Remember, as a doctor, you are held to a higher standard of personal conduct than other groups in society. Rest assured, your activities on social networks will be scrutinized by the plaintiff’s attorney in any litigation.
I suggest that you make it your policy not to friend current or former patients on social media sites. This is out of respect for the doctor/patient relationship and to safeguard patient confidentiality.
If you elect to have a profile on social media, use extreme care and regularly visit your privacy settings. Some doctors also develop a social media policy that addresses the professional use of all types of social media by the doctor and practice staff. This policy could be incorporated into the practice’s new patient information packet.
For more information about professional boundaries, see NCMIC's online booklet.