Healthcare professionals and transparency over social media

Transparency is defined as “the perceived quality of intentionally shared information from a sender”. Transparency is practiced in companies, organizations, administrations, and communities.It guides an organization’s decisions and policies on the disclosure of information to its employees and the public, or simply the intended recipient of the information.

In healthcare, shared decision making processs entails the need for transparency for both the healthcare professional and the patient. How transparency and accountability is manifested with healthcare’s use of social media is of interest to health policy makers, ethicist and professionals.

There are three different ways social media can be used to enhance public transparency and accountability:

1. Information sharing: the use of commercial social media sites to disseminate information about corruption, mismanagement and the quality of service provision.
2, Crowdsourcing: the use of specialised platforms to collect data from users who were involved in incidences of corruption or other public interest information
3. Crowd-to-community models: these projects stipulate cooperation between different users to achieve a common objective.

Join us tonight 9:00 PM Manila Time as we discuss how transparency and accountability is manifested with healthcare use of social media:

T1. Is transparency possible in healthcare social media?
T2. How should healthcare professionals demonstrate transparency over social media?
T3, Will transparency affect patient privacy and confidentiality? why and why not?