Physicians groups issue social media guidelines

04/15/2013 | HealthDay News

Health care providers should not connect with patients through Facebook or other social sites, according to guidelines from the American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards. Health care providers should also use great caution using text messaging to convey medical information, and they should avoid answering medical questions via e-mail from people they do not know. Careless use of electronic communications can breach confidentiality rules and violate patient trust, the groups said.

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