Internet And The HIPAA

Making The Most Of Being Online, While Still Maintaining The HIPAA Regulations

The internet can be a funny thing. There is so much you can do online; and yet, you still have to maintain proper protocol. This is certainly the case in the medical profession. The medical field has been very reliant on the internet over the last ten years or so. This is a good thing. There are certain things the internet can provide, that traditional outlets can’t. Yet, HIPPA messaging remains at the forefront of any investment.¬†You have to keep HIPPA in mind for everything these days. One wrong move and your have a potential lawsuit on your hands.


Let’s take a look at how the internet benefits those in the medical profession, and how we must constantly keep HIPPA in mind.

More Empowering

Back in 2004 and 2009, a study indicated at almost 70% of all American used the web to help diagnose their medical problems. This means more men and women are taking their own health into consideration. More men and women are relying on their own gut; instead of, just going to the doctor all the time. Now, this is a good thing. Always keep in mind though, the doctor is there for a helpful resource. You should never exclude the doctor completely.

The internet is there to give more confidence in patients. You can’t just totally rely on the doctor’s views. Doctors don’t know everything. The internet gives patients the freedom to look up their own symptoms. This means they have a better understanding over what is going on within them. When the do make a trip to see the doctor, they can evaluate and communicate their findings to this person.

Doctor with her patient

Now, again, you have to be cautious here. HIPPA has very strong regulations, even for information contained on a official medical site. Medical practitioners can’t just site any sort of information they want. They need to be serious about the information that is posted. The information needs to be factual and based on real medical findings.

If a patient gets the wrong diagnosis from online, that person can sue the office for malpractice.

Doctors and office personnel can also reach their patients faster and easier this way. If they go on social media, the office can find their patients. Now again, when speaking to their patients, they have to make it professional. With social media being so open these days, the medical profession can tell when someone is not doing something through HIPPA. This works both ways; both patient and professional need to pay attention to this detail.

If you ever have questions on what is accepted through HIPPA, you can go to the site.