Rhode Island's medical licensing board recently set guidelines for appropriate use of social media by physicians.
These guidelines state that physicians are to be held personally and professionally accountable for any material that they post.
Physicians are advised to keep patients' information private.
Michael Fine, Health Department Director, claims that social media gives doctors the ability to converse with patients and post health information.
The board also stated that doctors who do post health and medical related information should make sure that it is not "ambiguous'' or taken out of the proper perspective.
Doctors are informed that they should use separate accounts for personal and professional use.
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