Snapchat Spurned $3 Billion Acquisition Offer from Facebook

“Snapchat, a rapidly growing messaging service, recently spurned an all-cash acquisition offer from Facebook for $3 billion or more, according to people briefed on the matter.

The offer, and rebuff, came as Snapchat is being wooed by other investors and potential acquirers. Chinese e-commerce giant Tencent Holdings had offered to lead an investment that would value two-year-old Snapchat at $4 billion.”

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We want to hear from YOU! Tell us why you think health privacy is important.

Protecting health privacy isn’t just important for your own health and well-being, but what we do now affects future generations too. PPR cares deeply about protecting everyone’s privacy so that people are measured by who they are and what they are capable of, not their medical history.

Currently, there are no limits to the types of organizations that can gain access to sensitive information about you—employers, advertisers, insurers, you name it. It’s so important that we act now to preserve our right to privacy and regain control over our personal information. We believe it should always be up to you to decide what happens to your sensitive information—you should be able to know and control who sees it, where it goes, and why.

People say that privacy is a thing of the past in the Digital Age, but we disagree. In fact, we think people are starting to realize just how important privacy is and that it’s a right worth fighting for. That’s why we want to hear from you. Send us a video telling us why you think health privacy matters and join us in our efforts to protect it.*

Watch the video below to hear Dr. Peel talk about why health privacy is important to her (or click here to view it on YouTube).

*Please note that by sending a video, you are giving PPR permission to display the video on its website or social media pages. However, the video remains the sole property of the copyright holder. Any requests to remove or delete videos will be immediately honored.

Re: Social media and patient privacy lessons ripped from the headlines

Karen Cheung-Larivee’s recent FierceHealthcare article, “Social media and patient privacy lessons ripped from the headlines” once again reminds us that health privacy isn’t a concern limited to how information is exchanged in and among doctors’ offices or hospitals. Rather, it reminds us that even the casual ways people reveal parts of their personal lives to their own social networks can sometimes mean violating someone’s health privacy when they reveal sensitive pieces of information about other people’s lives too.

Unfortunately, there aren’t really rules protecting people from the harms that can occur when someone else broadcasts their personal information in the wild wild west of social media. However, that doesn’t mean institutions are completely absolved of their responsibility to protect patients’ privacy, no matter the environment. As the article points out:

One of the most common situations of social media fumbles are patients posting about other patients. Although it’s not a breach of HIPAA or HITECH (because patients aren’t considered “covered entities”), the hospital still has a responsibility under state law to protect patients.

No doubt social media provides a medium that allows us to connect and reach out to others in new and powerful ways. However, as users of these tools, we must also be mindful of how the ways we connect and interact with the rest of the world can have damaging effects on ourselves and others, whether it’s in the here and now or some point down the line.

Has your health privacy ever been violated as a result of social media? Are you willing to talk about what happened so others might learn from your experience? Please use this form to share your story.

PPR at ICASM Symposium at Hofstra U.

The Ethical Use of Internet Cloud Based Apps and Social Media (ICASM) in Health Care
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Deborah C. Peel, MD will be participating on a panel at Hofstra University for their ICASM Symposium

Panel Title: The Ethics of ICASM in Healthcare: Social Policy, Legal Responses, and Medical Strategy
Moderator: Corinne Kyriacou, Ph.D., Hofstra University School of Education, HHS
* Deborah Peel, M.D., Patient Privacy Rights
* Brian Mulligan, North Shore-LIJ Health System
* Michele Mathes, J.D., American College of Physicians
* Scott Gottlieb, M.D., New York University Medical Center

View the Symposium Agenda Here
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More details are below and on the Symposium Site

“Welcome to Hofstra University and The Ethical Use of Internet Cloud Based Apps and Social Media (ICASM) in Health Care conference. This conference is the first major event of the Hofstra Bioethics Center. The Center, sponsored by the University, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, represents an interdisciplinary effort to advance the study of bioethics and to bring the fruits of that study to the worlds of healthcare and biomedical research.

Today we will explore the benefits and the risks of ICASM in healthcare and medical research. Reliance on cloud-based apps by health care professionals, scientists, lawyers, IT personnel, and health educators brings efficiency and promises better healthcare to patients. But this development comes with risks to security and privacy. Similarly, social media gives individual patients and patient groups a means of sharing healthcare information quickly and widely. Social media’s online communities can provide useful information to biomedical researchers, physicians and patients and can foster a productive sharing of information among these players. Yet, social media also comes with ethical risks.

Each of four conference panels will consider the benefits that ICASM offers to healthcase professionals, hospitals, other healthcare facilities, medical researchers and patients, and each of the panels will consider the ethical obligations such modes of instantaneous information sharing should impose on each stakeholder. To encourage wide participation, dialogue and cooperation, conference panels will be plenary, with adequate time provided for panel discussions and for question and answer sessions.”

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