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Blogging and Social Networking in the NHS – Change Needed

8th November 2010

OTNews have a brief article this month, entitled "Blogging and Social Networking".   

The article runs off a litany of reasons why blogging and social networking is bad.  To summarise they are:

  • breaches of confidentiality
  • information leaks
  • defamation
  • damage to organisational reputation
  • information to be used for social engineering and identity theft
  • viruses and other malware
  • bandwidth consumption resulting in degrading services and wasting time for other users intimidation of NHS staff leading to investigations.

Whilst not sure what the motive behind the article was, not least because the College is actually quite active in this field itself, it just pops up in the news pages, even though the guidelines referred to date back to December 2009.

The disappointment in it is that it reads in the most reactionary terms.  It comes across as being anti-progress by only listing the woebetides and the why nots.

Where is the debate about how we can manage risk and progress?  Where is the discussion on the opportunities that become available?

For all the threats of above watch out for social media and blogging, it can result in the following:

  • collaboration
  • innovation
  • education
  • integration
  • creativity
  • community
  • encouragement
  • support
  • development
  • efficiencies
  • knowledge management
  • best practice…

 

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Article Information

Title: Blogging and Social Networking in the NHS – Change Needed
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 16627
Date Added: 8th Nov 2010

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