Being connected in social media with many healthcare professionals working or training in hospitals, I often see from these online connections a good amount of posts related to their hospital training or work in the feeds of my social media accounts. Posts may include accounts or stories regarding encounter with patients or their significant other/s, an unusual case handled, photos of a difficult procedure done, a baby delivered, unusual specimen; photos before, during or after surgery with (unidentifiable) patient in the background and many more.
Some might feel social media is the place where they can pour their heart out to their friends, express their feelings of joy and sense of accomplishment after a difficult task.
Whether some may realize it or not, patient privacy is among the concerns in these types of posts and considering this, there is a clamor for responsible social media use in the hospital workplace. Some institutions have social media policies or guidelines in place to address this, while others encounter challenges putting these policies in place.
#HealthXPh would like to tackle this issue in this Saturday’s tweetchat (March 25, 2007 9AM Manila time edition).
Join us as we discuss the following questions which involve trainees in the medical field (medical students, nursing students as well as students from other health professions) and hospital employees (non-medical and medical):
T1. What do you consider as irresponsible social media use by students/trainees in a training hospital?
T2. What do you consider as irresponsible social media use by hospital employees in the workplace?
T3. Suggest strategies to help ensure responsible use of social media in the hospital work place?