PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's medical licensing board has approved guidelines for what it calls the appropriate use of social media by physicians.
The guidelines say physicians are personally and professionally responsible for any content they post and that patient privacy must be protected.
The guidelines discourage doctors from interacting with current or past patients on sites like Facebook, and say they should maintain separate personal and professional social media accounts. They say doctors shouldn't post medical information that's "ambiguous" or could be taken out of context.
Health Department Director Michael Fine says social media gives doctors opportunities to communicate with patients and share health information, but that it must be used appropriately.
The guidelines are based on guidance from the Federation of State Medical Boards. They were adopted last month.