Information Resources & Technology (IRT)

Stanford Medicine Blogging Policies

Blogs, like all other Stanford Medicine sites, are governed by the University's Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPAA) Policy, Stanford Terms of Use policy for online conduct, and Stanford Medicine Web Policies and Design Standard.

Stanford School of Medicine has the right to remove material from any blog, block access, or take other action with respect to the material, although it is under no obligation to do so.

The Blog Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring all school-sponsored blogs and and enforcing related policies. This group includes representatives from the school’s Public Web Group, Communications Office and Data Security and Privacy Group.

Key points of the above Terms include:


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) contains standards and rules which govern the treatment of individually identifiable health information. Under no circumstances should health information about a patient—whether being treated at the Stanford University Medical Center or elsewhere —be disclosed without express written consent from the patient or his or her guardian. See the University's online HIPAA resources for more information.


All copyrighted information (text, images, icons, programs, video, audio, etc.) must be used in conformance with applicable copyright and other law. Copied material must be properly attributed. Plagiarism of digital information is subject to the same sanctions as apply to plagiarism in any other media.


In general, the School's electronic communication facilities should not be used to transmit commercial or personal advertisements, solicitations or promotions.

Legal Liability

All bloggers are legally responsible for their commentary. Individuals can be held personally liable for any commentary deemed to be defamatory, obscene, proprietary or libelous.

Guidelines for Effective Blogging

1. Focus each entry on one topic and be concise in your descriptions. Short sentences and paragraphs make for easier online reading.

2. Make your blog a reflection of your personality. People do want to know about you, the blogger. That said, use your discretion before posting personal information. Ask yourself: do you want people to know this about you 5 to 10 years from now?

3. Back your assertions with facts whenever possible.

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