Yes No Unsure
Figure 3 • Does current employer have a social networking policy?
half did have a policy at their institutions, more than 48% had no policy
or were unaware of a policy at their
institutions. Radiology administrators
should ensure that technologists are
aware of any policies related to social
networking and, if there is no policy,
consider developing one.
Another challenge that is raised by
the results of the survey is the possibility
of a technologist unintentionally posting something that could be harmful.
Most technologists reported that they
are always careful about their online
posts. However, slightly more than 10%
of respondents indicated that they do
not always carefully consider their posts
online. This could lead to a variety of
accidental posts related to the institution. Helping to educate technologists on
the damages that could occur may help
them to be more careful before posting
The limitations to this research are the
low response rate and reliance on self-
reporting from the participants. The low
response rate may be due to the collec-
tion of data from an online survey. Since
respondents had to go online to access
the survey, there may have been a reluc-
tance to open an unknown website.
Suggestions for future research would
be to obtain email addresses for poten-
tial participants to make access to the
With a large and growing percentage
of Americans using social media sites,
employee education and training regard-
ing appropriate use must increase as
well. Users of social network sites must
be mindful of who is viewing their per-
sonal information and how it is being
used. 11 Sound ethical standards should
be expected of all personnel in healthcare
facilities, and the information shared on
the Internet is no exception. The opportu-
nity and temptation for unethical behav-
ior is intensified in a healthcare facility
due to the availability of confidential
patient information. Technology allows
people to communicate, receive imme-
diate responses, and obtain gratification
instantly. It only takes a moment to post
personal information, and millions of
people, unknown to the user, may stum-
ble upon the information. These decisions
regarding online interactions may result
in potential negative consequences. Users
must be aware that others will make deci-
sions regarding their postings.
As a field that is still gaining recognition as professionals, it is imperative
for all radiologic technologists to be
knowledgeable regarding the appropriate usage of social networks, especially
in any situation where work and private
life may become intertwined. Radiologic technologists must be cognizant
that employers and patients may have
access to information they post. Radiology administrators and radiologic technologists need to make certain they are
mindful of their institutional policies
regarding appropriate social networking
usage and applicable state and federal
regulations. It is essential that radiology
administrators enforce these policies
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