Understanding the FDA's Draft Guidance on Social Media

Posted by Mikki Ware on July 31, 2014

Now that the FDA has released two draft guidances clarifying social media use, it’s time to determine how to apply it in a real world scenario. First, let’s define what the guidances apply to.

The first deals with the dissemination of information regarding prescription drugs and medical devices. The second makes recommendations on how to correct third party misinformation about prescription drugs and medical devices. The FDA has issued these guidances in response to requests for social media best practices, and to ensure that information given to patients about prescription drugs and medical devices is accurate and balanced.

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Topics: Social Media for Healthcare

Social Media Archiving for Regulated & Non-Regulated Industries

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on March 13, 2014

Let’s talk about social media communication and record retention. That’s right -- archiving. Riveting stuff, we know. But really -- keeping strong archives could be the difference between happiness, sunshine, and lollipops or facing fines, lawsuits, & PR nightmares. Yikes.

If you’re in a regulated industry like finance, healthcare, or pharmaceuticals – archiving your social media activities is most likely mandatory. Even if it’s not a legal requirement, it’s certainly considered a good rule of thumb.

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Topics: archiving, Business, compliance, Compliance, regulations, social media archive regulations, social media archiving, Social Media for Banking, Social Media for Healthcare, social media record retention, social media record storage, social media records, social media regulations

Healthcare: 3 Tips To Safely Enter The Digital Landscape

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on March 3, 2014

Certain industries such as healthcare have faced challenges implementing social media due to privacy compliance issues. The HIPAA Security Rule, on the books since 2005, establishes standards of protection for personal electronic health information that is created, received, used, or maintained by any health organization. This includes messaging transmitted via social media – which means it’s even more important for companies to ensure they acquire the right tools, create a social media policy, and train their team to be well-versed in social media best practices. Because what you might think is a minor piece of information – such as hinting at a patient’s identity or personal health information (PHI) -- can land hospitals and facilities in hot water.

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Topics: compliance, Compliance, healthcare, healthcare compliance, HIPAA, regulated industry, social compliance, social media, social media compliance, Social Media for Healthcare, social media regulations

Succeeding With Social Media in Mental Health & Addiction Services: Six Dos & Six Don'ts

Posted by Clayton Smith on May 16, 2012
Recovery Systems Institute

Earlier this month, we wrote on how Gremln's new compliance tools can help companies in the financial services and healthcare industries adhere to social media guidelines set by regulatory agencies. This week, guest writer Cecile LaBore brings us a practical look at how healthcare providers can effectively use social media as part of their communications plans.

Cecile LaBore is Administrator for Recovery Systems Institute.  RecoverySI focuses on bridging the gap between treatment and recovery by providing information, tools, and resources for people in recovery and their families, clinicians, and addiction treatment programs.

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It's a big field, and includes everything from prevention to long term recovery services, nonprofits with no paid staff to big companies with dozens of facilities, and approaches that vary from the medical to the spiritual and all points between.  But we all have one goal in common:  If we're going to help, people have to know who & where we are-- and what we can help with!  That's where social media comes in.

But many of us have been putting off diving into the social media arena, or have maybe just "dipped a toe in."  Maybe a Facebook page with hardly any posts.  Or some staff presence on LinkedIn.  A dormant Twitter account.  We know we should do better, but we're worried:  Will social media become a "time sink" that uses up effort for an insignificant return?  Will it even work at all?  Worse-- will we make a terrible mistake that could get us in trouble, precipitate a lawsuit, lose us a contract?

Here are six "Dos" and six "Don'ts" that can help you get started on the right track with Social Media:

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Topics: business, campaign, compliance, facebook, financial, gremlin, gremln, health, healthcare, linkedin, management, Marketing, media, ROI, services, social, Social Media for Healthcare, team, twitter

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