My colleague Andrew Siegel recently wrote an article discussing important legal issues facing health care providers who use blogs, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networking tools to distribute health care-related information. As Andrew writes:
Hospitals and health care professionals have quickly embraced social networking as a way to interact with patients, market their practices and share information with the health care community. . .. However, when using such technology, health care providers must be aware of certain legal risks. The most obvious challenge for networking providers is compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.
The article provides tips for health care providers who are using or plan to use social networks to communicate with actual or potential patients. For the full text of the article, click here.