Get Privacy Trending: Best Practices for the Social Media Educator

Sara W. Dong, Nathanial S. Nolan, Miguel A. Chavez, Yijia Li, Gerome V. Escota, Wendy Stead

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Social media is an increasingly popular forum for medical education. Many educators, including those in infectious diseases, are now creating and sharing unique and educational patient cases online. Unfortunately, some educators unknowingly threaten patient privacy and open themselves to legal liability. Further, the use of published figures or tables creates risk of copyright infringement. As more and more infectious diseases physicians engage in social media, it is imperative to create best practices to protect both patients and physicians. This summary will define the legal requirements of patient de-identification as well as other practical recommendations as they relate to use of clinical case information, patient images, and attribution of primary references on social media.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021


  • Twitter
  • case presentation
  • digital education
  • social media


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