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HIPAA and Twitter

Posted by carolblue @carolblue, Tue, Jun 30 2:09pm

I'm looking for examples of social media policies that specifically address whether a faculty member can tweet patient information after the patient has consented in writing (a signed HIPAA) form. Anyone?

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We don't have it written into policy (yet) but the legal opinion in-house is a release for the hospital/health system doesn't include an individual physician's social media. Not sure if that was your question but there you go.

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@MarciaHFrancis

We don't have it written into policy (yet) but the legal opinion in-house is a release for the hospital/health system doesn't include an individual physician's social media. Not sure if that was your question but there you go.

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That was indeed my question, thank you! Many of us here feel this is unduly limiting to a physician's ability to interact with peers in an academic way.

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@carolblue

That was indeed my question, thank you! Many of us here feel this is unduly limiting to a physician's ability to interact with peers in an academic way.

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Understood. I would be interested in where your organization ends up on this matter.

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Hi. Our HIPAA forms force you to write out specifically what is included in the consent. They are not general waivers for anyone to release the information publicly. That said, if the physician who treated the patient consented to having his/her story told on social media, it would be allowed. I hope that helps.

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