Social Media Data Privacy and Rights – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 1/22 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Janae Sharp (@CoherenceMed) from @SharpIndex on the topic “Social Media Data Privacy and Rights“.

Social Media algorithms control what we see and what we read. The age of digital media and algorithms means advertising companies and social media giants know what we want to purchase, and what our behavior online will be.  In the case of election politics, they can be used to create division and unrest. Modern national security attacks can be as simple as an online ad strengthening our hyper-polarized bubbles. Algorithmic extremism makes us the fodder of extremists, with modern-day signal jamming packaged in shiny influencer sized Instagram stories.

If seeing is believing, controlling what we see will impact what is possible. Lack of regulation about how social media app companies like Facebook or Twitter address health concerns or ensure the security of health data means we do not know what they see, or how it could potentially impact our health. Social Media platforms like TikTok have data collection practices that are considered by some countries and individuals to be too invasive to be ethical. Join us in discussing social media data security considerations and implications for individuals and healthcare.

Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll discuss the following topics.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: The FTC recently sued Facebook for illegal monopolization. Does personal data tracking put patients at risk? Why or why not? See:  #HITsm

T2: What advertising or social media data could impact your health? #HITsm

T3: How have security flaws in social media platforms put individuals at risk? #HITsm

T4: Health Information gathered on digital apps like fertility tracking is largely unregulated. What regulation (if any) is needed? See: #HITsm

T5: What stories have you heard about behavior tracking through digital behavior (online usage or purchases etc.)? #HITsm

Bonus: How does a lack of awareness about personalized data signatures on social media apps put us at risk? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule

1/29 – Bioprinting
Hosted by Chuck Webster, MD (@wareflo)

2/5 – Interoperability with COVID
Hosted by Richard Bagdona (@richardbagdonas)

2/12 – Detecting (and Avoiding) Misinformation
Hosted by Janice McCallum (@janicemccallum)

2/19 – Implementation of Technology for Care Coordination
Hosted by Neelam Sharma, RHIT (@Nee2Sha)

2/26 – TBD
Hosted by Mandi Bishop (@MandiBPro)

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

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About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.