HIPAA Privacy and Social Media in the practice of Nursing and other Health Professions

Duration 60 Mins
Level Intermediate
Webinar ID IQW20G0709

  • The basics of HIPAA privacy requirements
  • Guidelines from state boards of nursing on nursing and the use of social media
  • Guidelines from national nursing organizations on nursing and the use of social media
  • Perils of confidentiality breaches in a digital age
  • How social media violations may occur by health care practitioners
  • State disciplinary actions against nurses for HIPAA violations
  • Core rules for employment policies

Overview of the webinar

This new webinar provides an overview of core privacy requirements of HIPAA, the basics of which should be well-known and practiced by all health care practitioners.Then, the subject moves to the social media activities of health care practitioners – with a specific focus on the practice of nursing, which can include their own social media or the social media of others, such as a hospital or health care facility’s official social media.

This new webinar thus provides a brief summary of those basic HIPAA privacy protections then goes into detail on the many ways a health care provider may run afoul of the privacy exceptions via the use of social media.While not every kind of social media can be covered, the basic principles that words and photographs on any publicly accessible internet forum constitutes a social media danger subject to a breach.


This privacy breach may occur in a variety of ways in the practice of nursing.As a consequence, recognized national organizations have come out with guidelines specifically for nurses on the dos and don’ts of social media.


In addition, actual disciplinary actions from state licensure boards will be reviewed.These are found in real life, actual, contested cases from state boards of nursing, which regulate the practice of nursing in any given jurisdiction.

This webinar will also cover examples of state laws that apply to licensed health care professionals that mandate confidentiality and will further examine how health care professionals’ licenses can be suspended or revoked for privacy violations in the course of using social media.  Finally, take a look at how employment rules of the health care facility may impact the use of social media by the health care practitioner and are especially focused on the practice of nursing.


Who should attend?

  • Health Care Attorneys
  • Corporate Compliance Officers in Health Care
  • Health Care Practitioners Who are covered Entities
  • Law Enforcement Officers in Health Care Compliance
  • Human Resources Offices and Managers in a Health Care Facility
  • Nurses
  • Attorney
  • Compliance Officer
  • CEO
  • CFO
  • Directors of Nursing

Why should you attend?

This new webinar goes over the specific pitfalls of HIPAA violations and confidentiality breaches by nurses in the health professions.  This webinar gathers and summarizes nursing guidelines and rules from recognized national nursing organizations as well as state boards of nursing.

This webinar focus on the ways nurses and other health care professionals violate HIPAA confidentiality via social media.  Taking real-life disciplinary actions from state boards of nursing and other licensure boards, this informative webinar examines actual cases from those state licensure boards.  Disciplinary actions against nurses will be covered from actual, contested cases.


Standards and guidelines from national organizations will be reviewed – all with the goal of preventative action so as to help nurses and other health care professionals stay out of trouble. 


Finally, while state licensure board disciplinary action is one consequence of a privacy breach, employment policies provide the underlying basis for firing a nurse or health care practitioner.Examples of core rules for employment policies and “dos and don’ts” in an employment setting will cover this topic.

Faculty - Mr. Mark Brengelman

Mark worked as the assigned counsel to numerous health professions licensure boards as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Moving to private practice, he now helps private clients in a wide variety of contexts who are professionally licensed.

Mark became interested in the law when he graduated with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta.  He then earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law.  In 1995, Mark became an Assistant Attorney General and focused in the area of administrative and professional law where he represented multiple boards as General Counsel and Prosecuting Attorney.

Mark is a frequent participant in continuing education and has been a presenter for over thirty national and state organizations and private companies, including webinars and in-person seminars.  National and state organizations include the Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, and the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute.


08-26-2020- HIPAA and Nurses Social Media.pdf
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