Oct 04, 2011

How to create a HIPAA compliant social media policy

I am looking for information on how to manage social media content in compliance with regulations such as FINRA and HIPAA.
Hi afinch,

Here's a really good article on how to do just that. You may also want to see the other parts (links in the article) for more information.

Step #4 Understand the Rules for a HIPAA-Compliant Social Media Strategy

"You’ve completed Steps 1, 2 and 3 of launching your hospital’s social media strategy. Now it’s important that you have a clear understanding of what you need to do to avoid HIPAA violations.

Some hospitals are allowing HIPAA anxiety to keep them from embracing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. LinkedIn, Foursquare and blogging. But there are now more than 900 U.S. hospitals engaging patients through these social media. And there is solid information to keep you on firm ground, if you follow these nine no-nonsense rules. Thanks to David Harlow, a healthcare law and consulting attorney, for many of these ideas. "

Social Media and HIPAA regulations don't belong in the same sentence together. Social Media is about sharing, and HIPAA is about keeping your information private. So perhaps the best policy to have if your business is regulated by HIPAA, FINRA, and other legislation is to not participate in social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

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