Health Care Social Media Legal Issues and Strategy Webinar

Today's HIPAA and Your Social Media Strategy webinar, which I presented together with Jamie Verkamp of (e)Merge, was a success.  We had a good turnout, interesting questions and engaging discussion.  Here is a version of the slide deck I used today, complete with links to other useful resources here at HealthBlawg and elsewhere on the […]

An ounce of prevention

Today's Boston Globe reports on a feature of the Massachusetts universal health care law that may be replicated at the national level: MassHealth — the Massachusetts Medicaid program — has been covering the costs for smoking cessation counseling and medications for eligible enrollees. Using the data available, researchers were able to associate the roll-out of […]

Son of HIPAA Breach Notification Rules and Business Associate Requirements: Who's Ready?

HIMMS Analytics surveyed about 250 hospital and business associate representatives, and came up with some figures to back up what we all knew in our hearts:  Most hospitals are gearing up for compliance with the HITECH Act / Son of HIPAA data security and breach notification requirements, but many experience data breaches — about half […]

Social Media Session at Oklahoma Hospital Association Annual Meeting

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sharing the podium — at least virtually — at the Oklahoma Hospital Association's annual meeting with two leaders in the health care social media sphere, Ed Bennett of the University of Maryland Medical System and Lee Aase of the Mayo Clinic, for a program on health care social media […]