Information Systems : Health Insurance Portability And Accountability

1207 Words Nov 24th, 2014 5 Pages
We Can But Dare We?
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR 360: Information Systems in Healthcare
Olubusola Oladipo

We Can But Dare We? The social media is designed to be a platform for communication, entertainment and education where people come together to share information, get in touch with old friends and family members, and learn new trends like fashion, watch videos, and get educated on specific information. “Social media are defined as “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0 and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content” (Spector & Kappel, 2012, p. 1)”. Additionally, the use of smart phones has also made the use of the social media easier and faster, information are disseminated with a very high speed and can reach millions of people all over the world within a twinkle of an eye. In order to promote safe guiding patient’s confidentiality and other patient’s rights, the US congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996 and it was implemented in 2003. According to McGonigle & Garver-Mastrian (2012), the law addressed the need for standards to regulate and safeguard health information. This paper will discuss the regulatory requirements of HIPAA, the advantages and the disadvantages of the use of social media and smartphones in healthcare in relation to the concluded scenario.
HIPAA Overview HIPAA laws cover a wide…

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