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Hospitals Discourage Doctors From Emailing Patients

While patients like the idea of communicating with their doctors via email or social media, most hospitals and medical groups recommend that doctors keep their distance in order to preserve patient privacy, and communication overload. Still, digital communications between patients and medical practioners will likely grow. According to a new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 37 percent of patients have used a personal email to contact their doctors or hospital within the past six months and 18 percent reported using Facebook for the same purpose. Among 25 to 44  year olds, 49 percent were most likely to use email or Facebook to contact their doctors.

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