How Did A Cable TV Reporter Get NFL Player’s Medical Records?
Federal and state regulators, along with officials at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, are investigating how an ESPN reporter got a copy of football player Jason Pierre-Paul's medical chart showing he had had a finger amputated after a July 4th fireworks accident.
NFL Player’s Medical Record Leaked After Amputation At Jackson Memorial Hospital
When New York Giants pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul injured his hand during a fireworks mishap over the Fourth of July weekend in South Florida, the star NFL player went to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Details of his stay at Miami-Dade’s public hospital system were supposed to remain confidential under federal law, but now the world knows that Pierre-Paul, 26, had his right index finger amputated — courtesy of a cable TV network reporter who posted a picture of the NFL player’s medical chart on Twitter. On Thursday, the hospital system’s CEO announced an internal investigation into the leaked records. ... According to an agency database tracking breaches of protected health information affecting more than 500 individuals per instance, Jackson Health has reported three incidents since 2011 affecting 3,599 people. (Chang, 7/9)
The Wall Street Journal:
Release Of Pierre-Paul Medical Records Draws Scrutiny
Federal and state authorities who enforce the protection of private medical information are watching the case of Jason Pierre-Paul, the National Football League star whose medical records were publicized Wednesday. “We are aware of the incident,” said a spokeswoman for the Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. She said the office could open a case based on media reports, and has done so in the past. She declined to comment further, saying the office does not release information on “current or potential investigations.” (Woo and Radnofsky, 7/9)