Model Policy Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Social Media and Social Networking in Medical Practice – April 2012

Posted on May 15, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics, Medications | Tags: , |

Model Policy Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Social Media and Social Networking in Medical Practice

A Policy Document of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.
Adopted by the House of Delegates of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc., April 2012

“The Special Committee on Ethics and Professionalism was charged with providing ethical and professional guidance to the FSMB membership with regard to the use of electronic and digital media by physicians (and physician assistants, where appropriate) that may be used to facilitate patient care and nonprofessional interactions. Such electronic and digital media include, but are not limited to, e-mail, texting, blogs and social networks. The Committee’s proposed model guidelines contained in this report also focus on ways that physicians can protect the privacy and confidentiality of their patients as well as maintain a standard of professionalism in all social media and social networking interactions.”

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