April 29, 2012
In the modern age of society, social networking has a strong influence on everyday life for many individuals. When social networking interferes with the health care industry, multiple problems may arise. Violating personal health information may occur with the slip of a key. Medical advice may be given with consequences. Social networks can be helpful, but may also be damaging. Having a policy within a facility will assist in reducing the risk of a privacy violation.
A social network site is an online community for individuals to meet and share information along with discussing common interests. The issue arises ...view middle of the document...
It would be very easy for a breach of confidentiality to occur.
Social media may also have an empowering factor for medical care. The sites may give links or daily notes to encourage better living. The web sites may also allow a patient to connect with a physician to view new procedures or insurance possibilities. Physicians may also connect with other medical professionals. The concept of social media could affect any person, whether it be a patient or staff, who is leaking information or on the receiving end of the leak. According to the article, Online Professionalism and the mirror of social media (2010) several new hazards for medical professionalism have arose due to the heightened use of social media.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 are designed to prevent to prevent personal health information. Following the laws of this act will prevent any person’s personal health information from being discussed without their permission.
Controlling training and regulations toward social media is a strong method of prevention. Policies are arising in several directions to prevent to intentional, or unintentional, slip of information. Each facility should adapt their own personal rules and regulations regarding the issue of social media and patient privacy. In a law suit regarding a potential violation of the HIPAA, The General Hospital Corporation and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization Inc. agreed to a substantial fine to the U.S. government (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). This type of fine sets the example that a violation of patient’s privacy and rights is strictly prohibited. Within social media, a disgruntled employee may also use the sites to damage confidential information regarding a patient. Having guidelines will set the standard for instances like this and allow punishment to be dealt if an occurrence happens. Enforcing fines will decrease the chances of a slip in personal information.
In the article written by Chris Dimick (2010), it discusses the need for privacy policies and the use of social media. The article describes how policies should be drawn up, and made aware to the staffing. Strong monitoring of company computers and enforcing the policies attempts are made. The article discusses who should be informing the staffing about the new policies.
Working in a health care facility, a person should know the laws and abide by them. Having a strong...