social media policy

Public Social Media Posting Policy

Information posted on any Emory Decatur Hospital social media site (Facebook, Twitter or YouTube) is not intended to replace professional medical advice or service. Personal health problems should be brought to the attention of your healthcare provider.

BY POSTING ON ANY EMORY DECATUR HOSPITAL SOCIAL MEDIA SITE YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS. Emory Decatur Hospital has opened publicly facing pages on social media sites for viewing content and/or videos and posting comments about EDH. These social media sites include but are not limited to various blogs, bulletin boards, networks, multi-media and news media sites or other user generated content sites (“Social Media Sites”). By viewing and/or posting any content related directly or indirectly to on any EDH Social Media Site on the internet, you agree, without limitation or qualification, to the following terms of use. If you do not agree to the terms of this Policy, you may not view or post any content to any EDH Social Media Site on the internet. Your use of EDH Social Media Sites is acceptance of this Policy and has the same effect as if you had actually physically signed an agreement.

  1. You must be at least 18 years old to post any content on any EDH Social Media Site.
  2. You are prohibited from posting any content that is personal health information including personal and/or patient images on any EDH Social Media Site.
  3. You are also prohibited from using any EDH, Social Media Site to provide medical advice or medical commentary.
  4. You are prohibited from posting content that is profane, unlawful, obscene, threatening, harassing, abusive, embarrassing, racist or contains ethnic slurs.
  5. As a guest posting content to any EDH, Social Media Site on the internet, you agree that you will not: violate any local, state, federal and international laws and regulations, including but not limited to copyright and intellectual property rights laws regarding any content that you send or receive via this Policy; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that is unlawful, disruptive, threatening, profane, abusive, harassing, embarrassing, tortuous, defamatory, obscene, libelous, or is an invasion of another's privacy, is hateful or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable as solely determined in EDH’s discretion; impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party; transmit (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising (including advertising of non EDH services or products), promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes" or any other form of solicitation; transmit any material (by uploading, posting, email or otherwise) that contains software viruses, worms, disabling code, or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; harass another; or collect or store, or attempt to collect or store, personal data about third parties without their knowledge or consent; or to share confidential pricing information of any party.
  6. EDH reserves the right to monitor, prohibit, restrict, block, suspend, terminate, delete, or discontinue your comments to any EDH, Social Media Site, at any time, without notice and for any reason and in its sole discretion. EDH may remove, delete, block, filter or restrict by any other means any materials in EDH’s sole discretion. You understand and agree that EDH may disclose your communications and activities with EDH in response to lawful requests by governmental authorities, including Patriot Act requests, judicial orders, warrants or subpoenas, or for the protection of EDH rights. You agree that in the event that EDH exercises any of its rights hereunder for any reason, EDH will have no liability to you.
  7. By posting any content on any EDH, Social Media Site, you grant to EDH the irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, publish, display such content and the right to create derivative works from your content, edit or modify such content and use such content for any EDH purpose.
  8. You shall defend, indemnify, and hold EDH and its corporate affiliates and their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, and assigns harmless from and against, and shall promptly reimburse them for, any and all losses, claims, damages, settlements, costs, and liabilities of any nature whatsoever (including reasonable attorneys' fees) to which any of them may become subject arising out of, based upon, as a result of, or in any way connected with, your posting of any content to a Social Media Site, any third party claims of infringement or any breach of this Policy.
  9. YOU EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY RELATED TO THE SECURITY, PRIVACY, AND CONFIDENTIALITY RISKS INHERENT IN SENDING ANY CONTENT OVER THE INTERNET. THIS EXPRESSLY INCLUDES ANY DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION YOU ELECT TO POST. By its very nature, a website AND THE INTERNET cannot be absolutely protected against intentional or malicious intrusion attempts. EDH does not control the THIRD PARTY SITES AND THE Internet over which you may choose to send confidential personal or health information OR OTHER CONTENT and, therefore, EDH DOES NOT WARRANT ANY SAFEGUARD AGAINST ANY such interceptions or compromises to your information. when posting any content on an internet site, you should think carefully about your own privacy in disclosing detailed or private information about yourself and your family. FURTHERMORE, EDH DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY PRODUCT, SERVICE, VIEWS OR CONTENT DISPLAYED ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE.
  10. You agree that any claim or dispute relating to your posting of any content on a EDH, Social Media Site on the internet shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia without regard to its conflict of laws provisions and you agree to be bound and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the local, state or federal courts located in DeKalb County, GA.
  11. You may not provide any content to a EDH, Social Media Site that contains any product or service endorsements or any content that may be construed as political lobbying, solicitations or contributions or use the Social Media Site to link to any sites or political candidates or parties or use the EDH, Social Media Site to discuss political campaigns, issues or for taking a position on any legislation or law.
  12. THIS POLICY MAY BE UPDATED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE, AND EACH TIME A USER ACCESSES A SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE, THE NEW POLICY WILL GOVERN, USAGE, EFFECTIVE UPON POSTING. To remain in compliance, EDH suggests that you review the Policy, as well as the other website policies, at regular intervals. By continuing to post any content after such new terms are posted, you accept and agree to any and all such modifications to this Policy.