Most people don't even realize that the HIPAA Privacy Rule is overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Services and enforced by the Office for Civil Rights. It protects the privacy of "individually identifiable health information." That means health information (be it medical, dental or mental) that can be directly attributed to you. So this includes:
Information your health care providers place in your medical record
Conversations your health care providers have about your care and treatment
Details about your health care in your health insurer's computer
Billing information related to your health
And pretty much any other health information obtained by those who must follow this law
The intent is to protect you from indiscriminate disclosure and sharing of your health information with people who just don't have a need to know. Entities covered by HIPAA include:
Health plans: health insurance companies, HMOs, company health plans, and certain government health plans such as Medicare and Medicaid.
Health care providers: doctors, clinics, hospitals, psychologists, chiropractors, nursing homes, pharmacies and dentists
Health care clearinghouses: firms that process non-standard health information received from another
Or that Senator Familyvalues caught gonorrhea from a hooker when he attended the grand opening of a new megachurch?
In real life, you will be more worried about the HR staff with their liberal socialist agenda eyeballing your behavior. Learn to bow low and kiss the ground when they enter the room.
Right. Interesting concept. Would they want to know these details for a non-political agenda, like how many claims people make, the number of children they have or are trying to have, addiction or mental health counseling (aside from wanting to know if you're on birth control)?
Can they know these things or do they just get a report of some kind? What kind of information do they normally get?
(I'll read through the wiki articles too. Thanks!)