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Along Art gloss, President and Chief Executive Officer, HIPAA Secure Now!
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Recently picked up Various methods That social media plays a role in developing the healthcare message. From patient experiences to alerting the public about pandemics, individuals and businesses use the “digital radio waves” of TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms to spread awareness and messages.

This sounds like a great idea. You essentially have free airtime for a large audience, right?

Yes, yes, but you also have the eyes and ears of so many people that you are also exposing yourself to criticism and misconduct.

Recently, a woman named Hannah Brook Hutchinson took her to TikTok to brag about evidence of COVID-19 vaccination (which she says is three times faster). The problem with this was that she wasn’t vaccinated and in fact she and her husband boasted of stealing a vaccine card from a pharmacy job to forge evidence of vaccination. When other eagle eye users saw this, they were able to zoom in on Hutchinson’s return label address. The newly licensed Illinois pharmacy was immediately warned, but did not comment on the investigation.

Some of you may be asking yourself “Why is she so stupid?” But it’s not too surprising to stop thinking about the amount of information we are free to share without thinking about the consequences. We live in a world where social media is not only a platform that can benefit us by allowing us to stay connected and deliver messages in bulk, but it is also its standard. .. Too many People judge their benefits and popularity by the number of likes and shares. The risk of being caught is more important than the risk of being known.

Although HIPAA laws and regulations prohibit sharing of protected medical information (PHI) on social media, Unwritten The laws and rules of social status are not defined anywhere, and like most failures in thinking clearly or correctly, our logic is not always in line with the law. Many of us crave far more infamy and attention than we care about possible problems. A rush from the moment of fame or attention is like a fix for an addict. That may be a bad idea, but the feeling we get from everyone who knows “what we have” is something we cannot overlook.

A word to the wise man. Pass it. As a healthcare professional, you are in a privileged position because you are entrusted with the most private information. What you have access to is not only sacred, but also irreplaceable to the patient. This privilege includes access to treatments, medications, and yes, prescriptions and vaccination cards. Don’t take what you have for granted. Remember to act on behalf of everyone, not just yourself. And when it comes to social media, over-sharing doesn’t mean over-compassion.

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