Legal and Ethical Implications of the Use of Social Media in Health Care

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Instructor: Mary Schuler, RN, EdD, CNE

Length: 1.0 to 2.0 hours

This program explores social media’s impact on health care, and what legal regulations must be considered when using social media as an employee, employer or as an agency.  The program reviews current legal cases setting precedent in North Carolina and throughout the United States.  The use of social media is ever expanding and is not only popular for personal use, but is also increasingly used to promote and market health care programs and agencies.  Current policies and procedures recommended by legal experts will be discussed.  These recommendations will help to ensure health care agencies maintain regulatory and legal compliance.  In addition, a review of ethical considerations when using social media will be presented.

Behavioral Objectives:

 At the end of this program participants will be able to:

1.      Provide a broad interpretation of how the term “Social Media” is used.

2.      Discuss current case law setting precedent in the use of social media in health care.

3.      Describe the expert consensus on ways to keep employers, employees and the consumer protected in the social media environment.

4.      Review sample policies and procedures used by health care agencies.

5.      Discuss the ethics of responsible use of social media.

 

 

Audience: RNs, and other healthcare professionals