Posting about Patients on Social Media Sites

An increasing problem is caused when medical personnel post details about patients on their social media websites.  From Daily News:

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center officials are investigating an employee who allegedly posted a patient’s medical information on his Facebook page, apparently to make fun of the woman and her medical condition.

According to a printout of the Facebook page obtained by the Daily News, the employee displayed a photo of a medical record listing the woman’s name and the date she was admitted, and posted the comment: “Funny but this patient came in to cure her VD and get birth control.”

Providence officials said the employee was provided by a staffing agency.

An interesting fact in this article is that most healthcare institutions lack policies for employee use of social media:

Only about a third of all hospitals are believed to have specific policies in place regarding patient information and social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, according to published reports.

I expect this to change in the next few years.

Hat Tip: Pogo Was Right

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