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Social media encompasses a wide variety of web-based software applications that allow users to collaborate and generate content. Content is defined as the intellectual substance of a document, and it includes structured data as well as unstructured data[i]. Examples of the applications’ capabilities include texting messages, authoring blogs and wikis, posting comments on other blogs, and providing status updates and brief commentary via microblogs.The use of social media in healthcare is now ubiquitous. Common examples of social media use in healthcare include e-patients and online communities, provider organizations that have integrated social media into their marketing efforts, clinician-to-clinician information exchange, and provider-patient communications on mobile devices replacing messages broadcast from tethered computers. Such use cases are transforming healthcare.Consequently, the need to understand its effect – from the integrity of patient record information to privacy and security compliance – is imperative. If properly used and governed, social media presents opportunities for healthcare professionals and organizations to be innovative, such as adding social media functionality to existing business processes. However, failing to safeguard its use can hurt the clinicians, patients and healthcare employees who are actively using the applications on their own devices.For example, one area that sparks concern and where very little has been published involves social media’s effect on patient record generation as well as the integrity of the patient record content. Patient records are generated when patient content is created or received in the transaction of business and maintained as evidence in pursuance of legal obligations. Legally, every Tweet, blog post, blog comment, text message, and wall entry uploaded and received by healthcare professionals and organizations is a piece of content that should be reviewed and managed to ensure control, decorum, and, perhaps, regulatory and records compliance.The computer form factor can be mobile or tethered. A published social status update or a Tweet entered using either computer form factor might not rise to the level of a record, but a protracted discussion on a particular health topic over a given period on someone’s wall or via Twitter might qualify.When reviewing whether, for example, Facebook-like content is a record, healthcare authors with healthcare records managers must examine the following questions:
Does the content contain evidence of a healthcare organization’s policies, business and mission?
Does the social media application being used relate to a healthcare organization’s work?
Is there a business need for the content?
Does the content document a healthcare provider or organization transaction or decision?
Does the content contain protected health information (PHI) or other individually identifiable health information?
Could the content be subject to requests for disclosure, subpoena, and e-discovery?Should the Facebook-like content contain PHI and, therefore, become a record, healthcare records managers must determine if and how the content becomes part of the patient’s record, just like e-mail message content. In addition, social media records management must be incorporated into healthcare organizational enterprise information governance programs, similar to patient health records, e-mail messages, and financial records. This includes defining social media records, establishing record retention schedules, determining record destruction processes, determining “Legal Hold” processes, establishing training and auditing processes, and establishing policy update / revision processes.Even if the Facebook-like content does not contain PHI and does not become a record, healthcare records managers with their IT counterparts must manage the content. Adding new representatives to the information governance programs might be required for this. Such representatives might include “social media strategists” and “community managers” who are charged with maintaining the quality of and control over the social media content.Unfortunately, managing social media content is somewhat different from and more difficult than managing other forms of content. It is populist, uncontrolled and unregulated, and it does not have traditional metadata, except for, perhaps, Twitter handles.The good news is that most social applications use databases and templates. This means that enterprise solutions installed inside the healthcare organizations’ firewalls can be managed like other databases, allowing healthcare organization personnel to, for example, consolidate their mobile devices to streamline the device for both work and personal use as well as use their devices for internal texting and collaborating in groups without fear of breaching patient or organizational privacy and information security.
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