Examine whether online training regarding HIPAA violations in social media significantly improves the learner’s long-term ability to identify HIPAA violations in social media. We will also test the long-term impact of administering follow-up questions on the course material in the weeks after the study.
The rise in social media is transforming communications in healthcare. While social media communications can be a valuable tool, its misuse by healthcare workers can violate patient privacy and confidentiality. Furthermore, HIPAA violations via social media pose great risks to health care organizations who can be fined for employee violations. Much of the HIPAA violations that occur on social media happen because professionals don’t understand that they are violating HIPAA privacy rules. This study will examine whether an online game-based training with retention checks for health care professionals can result in statistically significant increases in health care professionals’ ability to identify situations that are and are not HIPAA violations on social media and whether they understand the possible consequences.