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AGD Impact | Privacy and Social Media

Source: AGD Impact | Academy of General Dentistry  (subscription required)

I am thrilled and honored to have an article in the latest AGD Impact magazine. The topic is HIPAA and patient privacy with Social Media.

Excerpt:

Photos and video are another area of potential concern. Patients need to sign a specific release (more on that later), and parents need to sign a release for children under eighteen. That’s easy enough but a photo issue most dentists rarely consider is the use of smart phone cameras by both staff and patients. For example Amy found a selfie of a patient standing in front of a monitor that had the daily schedule displayed with patient names treatments and other PHI clearly visible.

Patient use of smartphones in the treatment areas are an issue for a number of reasons. Kim Kardashian posted a photo of herself in the chair with a rubber dam and suddenly taking selfies while seated in the dental chair has become a thing. 

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