Healthcare News & Insights

Hospital employee posts patient’s name and medical info on Facebook

Social networking sites may have benefits for doctors and hospitals, but they also provide an easy way for staff members to make stupid mistakes and violate the law and patients’ privacy rights. 

Social media in health care: Another risk to weigh

Social media has real business benefits within health care — and serious negatives that can be hard to protect against — whether or not you even use the sites.

Don’t miss these 10 most popular stories of 2011

From hard-to-believe HIPAA violations to dogs performing medical tests, here are the top 10 most popular stories on HealthExecNews from 2011:

Are tablets and smartphones tools or distractions?

Is the prevalence of gadgets in health care a good thing for patient care? Or is it too much of a tempting distraction?

Doc disciplined, fined over Facebook posts

A Rhode Island doctor was fined, disciplined and lost some hospital privileges after she inadvertently shared patient info on her Facebook page.

5 HIPAA-friendly ways to use social media

Many health care providers are worried that social networking’s main selling point — ease of sharing info — will lead them astray of HIPAA rules by sharing too much info with the wrong audience.

Posting placenta photos on Facebook? Really?

A nursing student was expelled for posting photos posing with a patient’s placenta on Facebook. Now she’s suing — and the case could have repercussions for hospitals’ employee policies. 

Top 10 health care stories of ’10

Here are the top 10 most read and discussed stories on for 2010.

Calling the boss nuts on Facebook? Feds say it’s OK

What health care pros can and can’t say online about their employers is up for debate, thanks to an important new legal case. The fallout could have huge repercussions for both hospitals and their employees.

Social media: How well does it work in health care?

Lots of businesses are using social media sites to promote themselves and provide information to clients. How well does that strategy translate to health care?