Social media has become a part of our daily lives. We post on Facebook, share our thoughts in less than 140 characters on Twitter, update Google+, Instagram our latest pictures and post videos on YouTube. With the constant sharing of information and time spent on social media channels, the question “should organizations allow or block access to social media sites from the work computers connected to the corporate network?” is often asked.
To get a better understanding of social media access within hospitals, we asked 640 Health Care Professionals in our Crowd the following question: “Does your hospital allow or block access to social media sties from work computers connected to the corporate network?”
Their results were split: social media access is blocked for 59% of the health care professionals that we asked, while 41% of the group is allowed access to social media channels on work computers connected to their corporate network.
To give you a better sense of who answered, I’m going to break it down further:
Hospital Administrators: 50 administrators responded that access is blocked to social media sites for 66% of them, while social media access is allowed for 34% of them.
Physicians: of the 407 Physicians that we asked, 55% told us that social media access is blocked, while it is allowed for 45% of the physicians.
Nurses: of the 99 Nurses that we asked, social media access is blocked for 63%, while 36% are allowed access.
Nurse Practitioners: of the 84 that we asked 71% report that social media access is blocked on their work computers on the corporate network, while 29% are allowed access.
In all cases, more than half of each demographic is blocked from social media access on work computers connected to the corporate network. Physicians are granted the most access, while Nurse Practitioners have the least.
This initial data made us even more interested- so we followed this question up with several others on social media policies, the benefits of allowing access, the impacts of blocking social media and the barriers to open access. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing this information and look forward to hearing your thoughts- let us know what you’ve experienced in the comments below or via Twitter @CROWDTalk.