Prepare a 2-page interprofessional staff update on HIPAA and appropriate social media use in health care.
As you begin to consider the assessment, it would be an excellent
choice to complete the Breach of Protected Health Information (PHI)
activity. The will support your success with the assessment by creating
the opportunity for you to test your knowledge of potential privacy,
security, and confidentiality violations of protected health
information. The activity is not graded and counts towards course
Health professionals today are increasingly accountable for the use
of protected health information (PHI). Various government and regulatory
agencies promote and support privacy and security through a variety of
activities. Examples include:
Technological advances, such as the use of social media platforms and
applications for patient progress tracking and communication, have
provided more access to health information and improved communication
between care providers and patients.
At the same time, advances such as these have resulted in more risk
for protecting PHI. Nurses typically receive annual training on
protecting patient information in their everyday practice. This training
usually emphasizes privacy, security, and confidentiality best
practices such as:
Today, one of the major risks associated with privacy and
confidentiality of patient identity and data relates to social media.
Many nurses and other health care providers place themselves at risk
when they use social media or other electronic communication systems
inappropriately. For example, a Texas nurse was recently terminated for
posting patient vaccination information on Facebook. In another case, a
New York nurse was terminated for posting an insensitive emergency
department photo on her Instagram account.
Health care providers today must develop their skills in mitigating
risks to their patients and themselves related to patient information.
At the same time, they need to be able distinguish between effective and
ineffective uses of social media in health care.
This assessment will require you to develop a staff update for the
interprofessional team to encourage team members to protect the privacy,
confidentiality, and security of patient information.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your
proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment
scoring guide criteria:
To successfully prepare to complete this assessment, complete the following:
In this assessment, assume you are a nurse in an acute care,
community, school, nursing home, or other health care setting. Before
your shift begins, you scroll through Facebook and notice that a
coworker has posted a photo of herself and a patient on Facebook. The
post states, “I am so happy Jane is feeling better. She is just the best
patient I’ve ever had, and I am excited that she is on the road to
You have recently completed your annual continuing education
requirements at work and realize this is a breach of your organization’s
social media policy. Your organization requires employees to
immediately report such breaches to the privacy officer to ensure the
post is removed immediately and that the nurse responsible receives
appropriate corrective action.
You follow appropriate organizational protocols and report the breach
to the privacy officer. The privacy officer takes swift action to
remove the post. Due to the severity of the breach, the organization
terminates the nurse.
Based on this incident’s severity, your organization has established a task force with two main goals:
The task force has been charged with creating a series of interprofessional staff updates on the following topics:
You are asked to select one of the topics, or a combination of
several topics, and create the content for a staff update containing a maximum of two content pages. When distributed to interprofessional team members, the update will consist of one double-sided page.
The task force has asked team members assigned to the topics to
include the following content in their updates in addition to content on
their selected topic(s):