Ethical Issues In Social Media

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The usage of social media and other electronic communication is rising very quickly as numbers of social media platforms, applications and outlets are continuing to advance. Many people use online journals, social media platforms, online chat rooms and symposium to connect personally, also professionally with others. Social media is an intriguing and beneficial gadget when used correctly. The nature of social media, however, can act as a risk as it attempts direct posting freedom that permits very minimal time to reflect on the post and carries an additional burden that what is posted on the web is detectable by a court of law even when it has been deleted a long time ago. This paper aims to explain while there are ethical issues and risks related to the utilization social media, when used properly it can benefit healthcare professionals in many ways, including fostering profession participation and connections, promoting timely patient-doctor communication, and protecting patient privacy and confidentiality. Background What is social media? “Social media are computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Social media usage offers many potential benefits for healthcare professionals and patients, but it can also bring potential risks for both professionals and patients’ safety and privacy, if managed poorly.
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