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Social Media and HIPAA

Effective Date:  November 2018


Policy Statement

Social media used by workforce members is subject to the restrictions set forth in this policy.  These restrictions are intended to protect the privacy of patient information and to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  


Reason for the Policy

To provide guidelines to be followed by all Columbia University Healthcare Component (CUHC) workforce members related to their personal and professional use of social media. 


Primary Guidance to Which This Policy Responds

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)


Responsible University Office & Officer

The Office of HIPAA Compliance, Chief Privacy Officer


Revision History

Issued:  September 2017

Revised:  November 2018 


Who Is Governed by This Policy

All CUHC workforce members


Who Should Know This Policy

All faculty, staff and students in the entities listed above.


Exclusions & Special Situations



Policy Text


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