Whenever I talk about medical professionals using social media, people are surprised by what I say. Most of people think they can hide online and never have to reveal their real identity. I think they are wrong. In the online world, it’s much easier to find out private information about someone who wasn’t cautious enough than in real life. A recent example includes Doctors warned of Facebook flirts (e-Health article):
The Medical Defence Union said it was aware of a number of cases where patients have attempted to proposition doctors by sending them an unsolicited message on Facebook or similar sites. The medical defence body said it would be “wholly inappropriate” to respond to a patient making an advance in such a way.
If you are a medical professional and a member of Facebook, the popular social networking site, here are a few suggestions, tips for you to avoid privacy issues.