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New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute
Social Media Workgroup
Special Presentation
Privacy, Security, and Professionalism
in Patient- Provider Communications

Health communications using electronic technology present special concerns about privacy and security of information in messages among providers and between providers and patients.

Organizations and individuals have expressed uncertainty about maintaining HIPAA compliance, the variety of other laws and regulations that may apply, and potential ethical issues from the overlap of social and professional interactions.

On September 25, 2013, the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute offered a
Special Presentation open to providers, community organizations, health program managers, and policy developers.

Deven McGraw, JD, LLM, MPH, Director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, in Washington, DC, spoke on “Privacy, Security, and Professionalism in Electronic Communications.

Deven McGraw

Participants attended in person in New York City and via videoconference from five additional locations throughout New York State and had the opportunity for questions following the presentation.

A brief summary of the presentation and resources are available here. Speaker slides are posted here.

A video of the presentation and slides will also be posted soon at the Clinical Education Initiative site and will be accessible for one hour of continuing medical education credit.

Ms. McGraw was a well-received speaker from our March 22, 2013 conference “Health 2.0: Digital Technology in Clinical Care.” Click on the Digital Health tab for more information about the March conference.

Special Presentation participants at the New York City location.