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Is social media a good idea for doctors to use?

Social media is a large part of people’s lives. Not only can you keep in touch with friends and family, you can also stay up to date on what is happening with your favorite stores and products. This is also true for the professionals with whom you do business. Many doctors, chiropractors, dentists and other members of the medical industry have learned the value of being accessible on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and GooglePlus. However, there can also be a downside when medical professionals in Schenectady and elsewhere are active on social media.

According to U.S. News & World Report, many doctors use social media as a platform to increase their visibility and interact with current and potential patients. It can be helpful if your doctor posts information on a topic you want to learn more about or answers a pertinent question from you or another patient online. However, would you be upset if your doctor shared a photo of you or your child that you did not give permission to post? What if he or she accidentally identified you or your private medical information through a tweet or an answer to a question on his or her Facebook page? This information may be seen as a breach of privacy, which could violate the trust that you have placed in your doctor.

Social media may be a useful tool across many industries, including the medical field, but its power also means that professionals must use it carefully, so as not to upset or cause harm to you or other patients.

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