HIPAA training and smart phone use

You have just completed a technology usage assessment of the healthcare staff across departments, and it has come to your attention that several nurses occasionally communicate with medical providers through text on their personal cell phones, using their phone’s messaging service. The nurses found that they are able to meet their patient needs more quickly. Your assessment also discovered that a nurse used their personal cell phone to take a picture of a patient’s foot ulcer. The picture was posted on social media as a reminder to diabetics the importance of managing their blood sugars. As the nursing education manager it is your responsibility to ensure staff are following the hospital polices and your technology assessment has highlighted that the staff is in urgent need of HIPAA training and Smart Phone use.

Using the scenario above create a mandatory training for all staff using PowerPoint with speaker notes to including the following:

Examine personal Smart Phone use and its implications in Healthcare

  • Identify and explain a minimum of 3 unethical uses of Smartphones in healthcare (including text messaging and pictures)
  • Discuss potential benefits to appropriate Smartphone use in healthcare

Examine judicious use of Social Media and its implications in Healthcare

  • Potential benefits to appropriate use of Social Media in healthcare
  • Identify a minimum of 3 unethical uses of Social Media (as reviewed by NCSBN)

Describe regulatory bodies and Ethical Frameworks used to protect Personal Health Information (PHI)

  • Investigate the role of HIPAA, HITECH, and Nursing Code of Ethics
  • Determine the legal consequences associated with unethical or illegal Smart Phone and Social Media use.

Sample Solution