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Course Overview

The use of electronic communications and social media allows users to instantly share pictures and personal messages with anyone, anywhere. But as the opportunities to share information online have increased, so have the challenges for keeping information private. The goal of this course is to make you more aware of social media’s privacy pitfalls and how to avoid them. During this course, you will be asked to make decisions on how to respond or communicate in specific situations. Your goal is to get through the course without committing a HIPAA violation. At the end of the course, your performance will be reviewed as well and the hypothetical consequences will be assigned based on how you responded. Do your best and good luck!

About the Course Author

Linda Weaver, Ph.D., J.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of New Mexico. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She has over 30 years’ experience in behavioral health, which includes serving as the HIPAA privacy officer for a large behavioral health care organization. Currently, Dr. Weaver consults with large employers regarding the implementation of behavioral health best practices consistent with health care’s complex legal framework. Linda Weaver, PhD, JD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (9 Match)

  • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


    This activity is approved for 0.5 contact hours.
  • Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


    Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.5 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1619289
  • Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals


    This program is approved for 0.5 hours by the Dietary Managers Association. Approval code 163053.

  • Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators


    This activity is approved for 0.5 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


    This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.

    This activity is approved for 0.5 contact hours.
  • Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


  • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


  • Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals


  • Florida Assisted Living - General Training


    59A-36.011 Staff Training Requirements. Location: Online

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Avoid violations of HIPAA while using electronic communication or social media by identifying three steps you can take.; Explain how the use of protected health information in electronic communications or on social media can lead to a HIPAA violation.; Identify whether there is or is not a HIPAA violation within presented scenarios.; List three factors that make personal use of electronic communication and social media a high-risk area for HIPAA violations.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Social Media and HIPAA A. Practice: Let’s See What You Know B. What is Protected Health Information? C. Secure Electronic Communication Section 3: Disclosures of ePHI A. Social Media and HIPAA at Work B. Social Media and HIPAA When You’re Off the Clock Section 4: Electronic Communication, Social Media, and Privacy Pitfalls A. How Using Social Media Places You at Risk for HIPAA Violation B. How to Avoid HIPAA Violations on Social Media Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributor D. Resources E. References
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level General Staff; Introductory level Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.