HIPAA Do's and Don'ts: Electronic Communication and Social Media


The use of electronic communications and social media allows users to instantly share pictures and personal messages with anyone, anywhere. But as the opportunities to share information online have increased, so have the challenges for keeping information private. The goal of this course is to make you more aware of social media’s privacy pitfalls and how to avoid them. During this course, you will be asked to make decisions on how to respond or communicate in specific situations. Your goal is to get through the course without committing a HIPAA violation. At the end of the course, your performance will be reviewed as well and the hypothetical consequences will be assigned based on how you responded. Do your best and good luck!


Hours: 0.50


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Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1619289

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed Home Health (LHH) Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH) Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators


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American Occupational Therapy Association


Relias Learning is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1, 2 & 3. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals


This program is approved for 0.50 hours by the Dietary Managers Association. Approval code 163053.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-HSOCM
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Explain how the use of protected health information in electronic communications or on social media can lead to a HIPAA violation.
List three factors that make personal use of electronic communication and social media a high-risk area for HIPAA violations.
Avoid violations of HIPAA while using electronic communication or social media by identifying three steps you can take.
Identify whether there is or is not a HIPAA violation within presented scenarios.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Social Media and HIPAA A. Practice: Let’s See What You Know B. What is Protected Health Information? C. Secure Electronic Communication Section 3: Disclosures of ePHI A. Social Media and HIPAA at Work B. Social Media and HIPAA When You’re Off the Clock Section 4: Electronic Communication, Social Media, and Privacy Pitfalls A. How Using Social Media Places You at Risk for HIPAA Violation B. How to Avoid HIPAA Violations on Social Media Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributor D. Resources E. References

Instructor: Linda Weaver, PhD, JD
Linda Weaver, Ph.D., J.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of New Mexico. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She has over 30 years’ experience in behavioral health, which includes serving as the HIPAA privacy officer for a large behavioral health care organization. Currently, Dr. Weaver consults with large employers regarding the implementation of behavioral health best practices consistent with health care’s complex legal framework. Disclosure: Linda Weaver, PhD, JD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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