Bahrain - Patients have been warned against taking professional advice on social media.

Orthocare orthopaedic surgeon Dr Jamal Saleh said people had to beware of so-called experts located abroad.

“Always take recommendations from a trusted source,” he said.

“People should not trust anyone pretending to be a doctor on social media, especially if they are abroad.

“People should do the right research to find out if he is a certified doctor.

“In addition, most people know the doctors in Bahrain and should seek medical help from them through telemedicine which is safer.”

Dr Saleh also said advances in technology have helped shape the growth of modern-day telemedicine.

Tracing the history of telemedicine, he said three elements were needed for the successful delivery of the new service.

“Capturing the data, means of transmitting and sharing the data and someone on the other side to receive it,” he said.

Dr Saleh was speaking during a three-hour online symposium, ‘The Eighth Ethical Symposium – “Telehealth” (Ethical Considerations)’, organised by King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) yesterday.


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