Main Question PostWeek 11 Discussion: Security of Health Care RecordsSocial media is an instant outlet for communication that has grown among people of all backgrounds and ages (Mastrian, McGonigle, & Farcus, 2015). Through the use of social media, a nurse can expand professional networks, improve the delivery of patient care, enhance education, and provide timely healthcare communication (Mastrian, McGonigle, & Farcus, 2015). The use of personal smartphones in the healthcare setting has also grown, to which Burns and Johnson (2015) report 88.6% of employees use their personal smartphones to conduct work-related tasks. Research shows that since the legislation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 and the Heath Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, meaningful use of health information technology is associated with improved patient outcomes (Burns & Johnson, 2015). While smartphones and cellular applications can be helpful and positively impact the delivery of patient care, their use does have implications to patient privacy and information security. Nursing Responsibilities to Protect Private Personal Information(PPI)A nurse owes it to a patient the assurance of confidentiality, privacy, and security of information. A guiding principle related to the responsible and appropriate use of protected health information (PHI) is health data stewardship (Burns & Johnson, 2015). In utilizing technology, a nurse must be aware of potential violations of patient privacy and be cautious with the use of personal information. Mastrian, McGonigle, and Farcus (2015) advise that nurses, or any medical professional, understand that personal and professional conduct in social media reflects an image that influences perception. It is also important to be aware that a communication post on social media leaves a permanent footprint, so to speak, that cannot be retracted and even after deleting the post, the action is still traceable (Mastrian, McGonigle, & Farcus, 2015). There have also been situations
where mobile devices are used to video record and upload active medical treatments, which Mastrian et al. note also has serious professional and ethical consequences.