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Medical Professionals and Social Media: Privacy and Security Issues

Find out how to stay in compliance with HIPAA and protect patient information with the utilization of social media. The Internet and social media such as Twitter®, Facebook®, and LinkedIn® have changed the way people communicate and have introduced new risks into the process of providing health care services. HIPAA Covered Entities now face difficult choices as social networking sites become a preferred means of communication for many, and run the risk of breaches, rule violations, and fines in the event of mishandling of PHI using these new technologies. Communications using social networking sites have some inherent privacy and security risks that may put providers out of compliance with HIPAA. New technologies present new challenges to health care providers, as there are simultaneously new requirements to share information with patients, and a new enforcement effort to ensure the privacy and security of Protected Health Information (PHI). Meeting both challenges requires careful consideration of all the regulations and technologies, as well as patient preferences and work flow. The stakes are high any improper exposure of PHI may result in a HIPAA breach that must be reported, at great cost and with the potential to bring fines and other enforcement actions. If a patient complains that they are not afforded the access they desire, HHS inquiries and enforcement actions can result, so it is essential to find the right balance of access and control.


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Using Social Media in Health Care

  • How Patients Want to Use Social Media
  • How Professionals Want to Use Social Media

What Can Go Wrong Using Social Media

  • Exposure of Protected Health Information by Staff on Personal Sites
  • Family and Friends Taking and Posting Pictures
  • Discussion of Health Care Issues in a Public Forum

Patient Rights of Communication and Social Media

  • How Patients May Choose Their Method of Communication
  • How to Respond to Patient Requests to Communicate Using Social Media

How Best to Consider Using New Technologies Like Social Media

  • Using an Information Security Management Process to Evaluate and Implement the Use of Social Media
  • Understanding the Risks of Breaches and Penalties for Misuse of Social Media
  • Policies and Procedures to Protect Patient Information Under HIPAA
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This course was last revised on September 18, 2017.

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  • AHIMA 1.5 including External Forces 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
     

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Jim Sheldon-Dean

Jim Sheldon-Dean

Lewis Creek Systems, LLC

  • Founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC
  • Provides a complete suite of services related to information privacy and security regulatory compliance, including compliance reviews, information flow and risk analyses, technical security reviews, training and policy development services
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on health care information privacy and security, information management and disposal, and information security risk analysis
  • Speaker at national conferences for the American Health Information Management Association and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange
  • Recipient of the 2011 WEDI Award of Merit
  • M.S. degree, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. degree, summa cum laude, University of Vermont
  • Can be contacted at www.lewiscreeksystems.com
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Product ID: 400438
Published 2017
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