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Guidelines for Participating in Social Networks over the Web

Guidelines for Participating in Social Networks over the Web

7/5/2014 2:46:46 PM   |   Comments: 2   |   Views: 1584

Guidelines for Participating in Social Networks over the Web

 

 

As in all professional fields, it is disapproved to interact with patients outside of the office. Dentists should be wary if they choose to interact with patients on personal networking sites such as Facebook. The only interaction a dentist should have with a patient should be when discussing a patient's dental treatment and that should never be done on social websites.

 

Social media can be a great tool for dentists to share experiences or to discuss areas of medicine. There are a plethora of websites where dentists can gather to discuss new technology or developments in medicine. These types of networks can be extremely useful but it is important that dentists use the utmost care when putting information on sites. It can be unclear as to who exactly is on the other side of that computer and it is critical that precautions are taken to ensure that the site is secure. Also, dentists should only participate on sites that only allow verified and registered users to access the information. Ignorance of that can lead to dentists gaining access and viewing discussing as implying advice, which may be counter to the dentist's actual intent in the discussion. A good way to evaluate whether the website is secure is if it has a password so that non dentists cannot access the information.

 

In conclusion, dentists should not communicate with patients outside of the office and should take precautions to ensure websites are safe when posting dental information or advice. However, if used correctly, the web can be a great tool for knowledge.  

 

 

Stuart J. Oberman, Esq. handles a wide range of legal issues for the dental profession including practice sales, real estate transactions, lease agreements, HIPAA and OSHA compliance, board complaints, employment law, and entity formation. For questions or comments regarding this article please call (770) 554-1400 or visit www.obermanlaw.com

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