Legal and Health Experts Examine Social Media and Healthcare

CHICAGO, April 4, 2011— Does the use of social media by professionals in healthcare settings violate patients’ privacy rights? Can physicians provide advice and diagnoses via social networks without assessing patients in person?  What do healthcare employers need to know about the law in this changing media environment?

These questions and more will be addressed by a panel of academic, health and legal professionals on Wednesday, April 6, during “Social Media & Healthcare: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” The program, presented by the _ Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law and the Health Law Institute of DePaul University College of Law, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at DePaul University College of Law, 25 E. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago.

Speakers include:

  • Ronald Petrovich, manager, Mayo Clinic, Center for Social Media
  • Barbara Dunlap, senior attorney, Walgreens, Employee Relations
  • Kayhan Parsi, associate professor of bioethics and health policy, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Eric Swirsky, clinical assistant professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago.

Registration is waived for members of the media interested in covering this event. To obtain press credentials, please contact Jason Fujioka at 312/988-6128 or .

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