Health Care Trends With a Social Media Twist
Now more than ever, patient confidentially is a top concern for those in the health industry. With the implementation of EMRs throughout the country, hospitals and clinics must be diligent in securing patient data. Simple guidelines for clinicians, such as not talking about patients and cases, have been in place for as long as most patients can remember, but as social media continues to become a regular part of the daily grind, how do sites like Twitter and Facebook impact the security of our data? Clinicians entering the workforce right now essentially “grew up” on Facebook, and while they may not talk about their patients to others, can we be sure that they're not Tweeting or posting work-related content?
A story today in HealthLeaders Media looks at this very concept, citing that while new forms of social media are being introduced and used, employees in healthcare settings go through HIPAA training and sign confidentiality agreements. Without needing to be explicit, these guidelines extend to social media.
It seems intuitive that healthcare employees wouldn't post patient or work-related information, but some hospitals are being proactive in order to mitigate this potential problem. Do you feel confident that your medical data is being kept confidential, especially knowing the popularity of social media sites?