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IDG Contributor Network: How physicians can do no harm using social media

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Dec 17, 2015.

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    In the first part of this two-part series, I discussed the notion of physicians using social media and the HIPAA ramifications.

    In this article, I’ll offer some practical advice on how physicians and others in healthcare can use social media without running afoul of their HIPAA compliance office.

    Rebecca Herold is a privacy expert with significant HIPAA experience. Taking somewhat of a different approach from Niam Yaraghi of The Brookings Institution, she notes that certainly a patient knows if a physician is being attentive, is open to answering questions, and provides enough information about their illness/injury/etc. Those are all quality topics; so patients can and are qualified to discuss the quality of care with regard to patient/physician relationship. Where they would not be qualified is for topics requiring medical knowledge; e.g., a patient who believes vaccinations cause autism, and so says a physician is bad because the physician recommends vaccinations.

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