Physicians and Patients Who 'Friend' or 'Tweet:' Constructing a Legal Framework for Social Networking in a Highly Regulated Domain

Indiana Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 285, 2010

Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-01

59 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2009 Last revised: 18 Feb 2014

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Nicolas Terry

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Abstract

Social networks connect intimates, friends, and acquaintances that share history, strangers who share interests, or businesses and the customers they serve. This article explores how participation in online social networks blurs the boundaries between personal and professional relationships or commentary, while making available 'private' information in what only appears to be a secluded area. These issues are explored within the framework of the highly regulated health domain, casting doubts on the appropriateness of some professional activities and identifying considerable risks for patients and their health-related information.

Keywords: privacy, HIPAA, confidentiality, malpractice, social network

JEL Classification: K13, K32, K30

Suggested Citation

Terry, Nicolas P., Physicians and Patients Who 'Friend' or 'Tweet:' Constructing a Legal Framework for Social Networking in a Highly Regulated Domain. Indiana Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 285, 2010; Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1440813

Nicolas P. Terry (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 W. New York St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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