Social media has proven to be an important tool across all professional fields, including medicine.
A recent report from the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations detailed how subcommittee members found it 'easy' to find fentanyl, pay for it and have it shipped to anywhere in the U.S.
Most patients are using online reviews as a first step to finding a new doctor, and physicians should be proactive in asking patients for feedback either at the end of the visit or through online communication.
Most physicians on Twitter with a financial conflict of interest and frequent tweets mention specific drugs for which they have a conflict.
Physicians should take care and act prudently when conveying electronic messages to patients, always keeping sensitivity at the forefront.
Doctors are now sharing confidential patient scans via Snapchat and The National Health Service has forced them to find other sources for sending and receiving scans.
Physicians should keep their online profiles clear, consistent, and factually accurate to take full advantage of reaching patients.
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