HIPAA and Football #HITsm

Posted on September 2, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but a big part of me is getting anxious for the start of college football (for my team it starts tomorrow) and the NFL starting on Thursday. It’s one of my favorite times of the year and probably my wife’s least favorite times, but I digress.

During the #HITsm chat today I saw a great quote that talked about HIPAA from Peyton Manning:
@bwilsonIntel – Ben Wilson
RT @jonmertz: HIPAA qte of the week from Peyton Manning: “I dont know what HIPAA stands for, but I believe in it and I practice it.” #HITsm

In case you don’t follow football, Peyton Manning is recovering from neck surgery and the above comment was a nice way for Peyton to say he didn’t want to talk about his medical information.

How long until someone from Peyton’s doctor’s office or hospital gets canned for looking at his records?

Since we’re talking football, healthcare and HIPAA, I’d be remiss to not mention Arian Foster’s recent tweet. This is what he said:
@ArianFoster – Arian Foster
This is an MRI of my hamstring, The white stuff surrounding the muscle is known in the medical world as anti-awesomeness http://moby.to/zta9xp

That’s right. Arian Foster tweeted a picture of the MRI of his hamstring. Of course, he’s welcome to do this. He’s suffering the consequences of his choice (his team said it’s a violation of their team policies). When I heard about the tweet, all I could think was, It’s amazing what some people will do to make a joke. I know this first hand.

Also, I haven’t dug into Arian’s MRI, but it seems like there might be some info in the corners of his MRI that he might not want people to know, no?