A judge has ruled a hospital is not liable for an employee's Facebook post containing a screenshot of a patient's medical record that revealed she had a sexually-transmitted infection, setting a potential precedent for emerging issues of social media and patient privacy, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Two New Jersey hospitals revised a strict social-media policy that could have had nurses in hot water for posting posts on Facebook supporting the nurses' union during contract negotiations, NJ.com reported.
Every day social media posts may provide insights about health, health outcomes and the quality of care at hospitals, according to two new studies published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety.
Social media can be a minefield, but platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter can also provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with an array of previously unheard-of advantages and the ability to confer with other professionals--no matter where they are in the world.
Here are three ways leaders can make social media work for their organizations and two ways it can go wrong.
Hospitals in Ohio are spending more money and resources on social media but also say they don't have the staff and time needed to use social media effectively.
Out of all the industries included in Twitter's customer service data, tweets aimed at healthcare organizations grew by the highest percentage (132 percent) between March 2013 and February 2015. What's more, Facebook and Twitter are no longer just marketing tools, but an extension of businesses' customer relationship management.
Patient demand for easy electronic access to their healthcare providers continues to rise, but practices have more work to do in adopting communications technologies and engaging people in using them.
.While many companies use social media to promote their brand or business, it is often a challenge for hospitals that must balance the need to market their organizations and protect patient privacy in online postings, according to a report in the Yakima Herald.
As online ratings play an increasing role in consumer healthcare decisions, many healthcare organizations are getting into the ratings game by posting real patient feedback on their web sites, according to CNBC.