E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs are becoming standard means of interaction … so why would it be unexpected for patients to reach out to physicians this way when they need help? You may use these tools frequently in your personal life, but is electronic communication right for patient care? What is your professional responsibility when using electronic communications? Learn about legal and ethical issues physicians face when using e-mail, blogs, and other social media to communicate with patients.
Legal and ethical issues of using social media
Communicating by email
Released: Oct. 16, 2010
Expires: Dec. 31, 2013
This program is developed for physicians in all specialties, office managers, administrators, and front office staff who are interested in medico-legal compliance and practical ways to reduce the potential for professional liability.
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to identify legal and ethical responsibility when communicating electronically with patients.
Post-test and course evaluation
Questions and answers
Liability Insurance Discount
Physicians who are insured with Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) may earn professional liability insurance discounts by participating in approved continuing education activities. TMLT policyholders who complete this course will earn a 3-percent discount (not to exceed$1,000), which will be applied to their next eligible policy period.