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Sharing ideas with others having common interests is primal and the

best indication of this is the exploding world of social networking. Social

media sites have become self-reported newscasts where we post our daily

activities as a matter of permanent public record. Are we losing our

expectation of privacy? What impact could this have on patient privacy?

Do individuals who are accustomed to sharing personal information on

social networks have a relaxed attitude towards patient privacy? Does this

vary according to age, gender, or racial background?

This study explores correlations between attitudes on social

networking and patient privacy and how a culture of compliance can

embrace social networking and share a common space. Understanding this

relationship can have an impact on healthcare cost, Health Information

Exchanges, quality of care, training programs, and patient communications.