The federal health care privacy statute or HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) is no longer a new acronym - either in the medical profession or in general society. Like Medicare, ObamaCare and other contemporary healthcare developments it is familiar to most citizens. And most healthcare professionals have at least a passing knowledge of the basic requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
No discussion of health care management should ignore the current legal environment in which all physician practices operate. Indeed, given the potential sanctions, to do so would be tantamount to managerial negligence.
Social media is ubiquitous in contemporary American culture. Given that fact, the question that this article addresses is what utility, if any, social media has for your medical practice? And, if potentially useful, how can social media be used without causing unintended legal consequences?