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Be social, but stay out of trouble

Residency Program Alert, December 1, 2016

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Last month, Residency Program Alert discussed how physicians can use social media to enhance their practices by communicating with current patients, attracting new patients, and sharing health tips with a large number of people quickly. But there can also be negative side effects associated with social media. Physicians are now being reviewed by patients online, through websites like Yelp, Healthgrades, and Vital. And unlike other business owners, physicians can get into serious trouble even by responding to reviews to defend themselves. Physicians also have to think twice (maybe three times) about any information they share involving a patient case, even if the information the physician has to share could benefit many other patients. This month, RPA asked experts to explain what physicians need to know about sharing health information and responding to reviews online.

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