My colleague Rebekah Monson recently co-authored an article discussing the growth of social media as a tool for doctor/patient communications. Although this use of social media requires careful consideration so that private information is not Tweeted, Facebooked, or otherwise make available for public view, Rebekah points out that
Social media is a powerful tool that can be used effectively and efficiently for peer, patient, and family communication, as well as a vehicle for learning, as part of patient education, graduate medical education (GME), and continuing medical education (CME). . . .The Internet is replete with lay opinions and medical misinformation. Surgeons who use social media have a unique opportunity and non-legal responsibility to critically review and correct this misinformation.
The full text of Rebekah’s article can be found here.