Managing expectations: How to navigate legal and ethical boundaries in the era of social media

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      • Social media use among healthcare providers has been increasing at a rapid pace as it allows them to build their online presence.
      • It is critical to maintain patient privacy at all costs; therefore, privacy must be maintained when posting cases on social media.
      • The ACP and FSMB guidelines are meant to serve as a starting point for social media use and should be modified and adapted to one's own practice.


      Social media use among healthcare providers has been increasing at a rapid pace as it allows them to build their online presence by reaching millions of people worldwide within a matter of seconds. With more and more physicians actively engaging in social media, it is imperative for physicians to know about various ethical principles and legal guidelines governing social media use by healthcare professionals. Radiologists should especially be aware of these guidelines as they frequently share radiological images to share teaching points and new findings.


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