A Miami hospital has announced it will investigate the possible leak of a National Football League player's medical record after it was tweeted out by an ESPN anchor.
ESPN “NFL Insiders” host Adam Schefter last week tweeted a photo of what appeared to be part of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's medical record, which noted he had his right index finger amputated. It was reported he was injured in a fireworks accident over the July 4th weekend.
The record did not say where the procedure was performed, though some media outlets alleged that the record had been leaked by an employee of Miami-based Jackson Health System after the procedure was performed at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The health system tweeted an open letter from CEO Carlos Migoya last week stating that Jackson Health has initiated an “aggressive internal investigation” into the allegations.
Disclosure of protected health information would constitute a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal patient privacy law to which the system and its employees are subject.