The American Medical Association has issued new guidelines intended to help physicians use social media (SM) safely and appropriately. The initial press release is online.
The key points in the new guidelines appear to be in agreement with much of the HCSM discussion online and with previous posts and discussions on this site: be professional, be careful, be private when necessary (both with one’s own information and always when discussing issues with patients).
My one concern is the recommendation that physicians monitor their internet presence and make sure information is accurate and updated when necessary. This is easy enough for sites we might use regularly (blogs, Twitter, etc) but will be much more difficulty when dealing with physician rating sites and the like. How much time would that require?
I intend to look for the full policy document. We will post and address here once we are able.