Essay on We Can but Dare We

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Is It Worth the Risk? Social Media and Healthcare
Robert Shaw
NR360: Info Systems
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Fall 2015

Is It Worth the Risk? Social Media and Healthcare
Social media has taken over the way that we interact with one another. It is leading the way in which we communicate with family, friends, coworkers and strangers. It is also the way we keep up with our favorite celebrities and gossip. Social media and the use of smartphones are becoming more prevalent in business and the healthcare field as well. According to Pew Research Center, “62% of smartphone owners have used their phone in the past year to look up information about a health condition” (April, 2015). Technology, just like all things come with flaws
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Any unauthorized disclosure of such information is considered a breach of the Privacy Rule (Terry, 2015). Violators may be fined as a penalty or even face jail time depending on the offense.
Continuing with the protection of information, HIPAA also has a Security Rule that goes hand in hand with the Privacy Rule. This Security Rule differs from the Privacy Rule as it applies specifically to the safeguarding of information through the electronic protected health information (EPHI). Under this rule there are three types of safeguards mentioned: technical, administrative, and physical (Terry, 2015).
Your Actions. Patient’s Privacy. Are You Breaching?
In the scenario discussed the nurse working makes numerous decisions that put both her and her patient at risk. She violates the patient’s privacy not only by taking pictures of him while unconscious, but also by sending them to her friend as well as taking pictures of the patient’s demographics. According to the HIPAA standards, any unauthorized disclosure of private patient information, is a breach of the Privacy Rule (HHS, n.d). It would be a completely different story if the nurse were to have asked the patient once he had recovered if she could take a picture and had gotten his authorization. However, that is not the case and the nurse, if caught, could face penalties. Not only is the nurse violating the patient’s privacy, she is also violating

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