Information Systems Security and Privacy


There has been a steady increase in the amount of information published on the internet in the past ten years. In the healthcaredomain, patients are increasingly exchanging medical information on online social networks and engaging in self care as aresult. This trend has concerned many researchers who have studied and confirmed the existence of misinformation on theinternet. This research is a work in progress investigating how online social networks affect patient safety. The researchquestion is: What are the factors contributing to the amount of misinformation in healthcare social networks? In particular,this research explores the critical factors that influence the extent of misinformation about diabetes on a diabetes socialnetwork. A total of 100 discussion threads will be collected and regression techniques will be used to analyze the data.