Innapropriate social media conduct can lead to tomorrow’s headlines.
Two nurses take photos of x-rays of a patient who was admitted to the emergency room with an object lodged in his body. At least one nurse posts and discusses it on her Facebook page.
A medic posts a photo and other personal health information via social media, disclosing a celebrity’s treatment details.
An employee of a gynecologist vents her frustrations on her online blog, ridiculing the patients giving birth. Although the employee did not use patient names or any other identifying information in her post, two of the patients recognized themselves in the blog due to the detailed nature of the post and filed HIPAA complaints against the doctor and the practice.1