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Who leaked Jason Pierre-Paul’s info? His hospital wants to know.

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Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami has launched an “aggressive” investigation into the leak of Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical records to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, the hospital said in a statement.

“Late Wednesday, media reports surfaced purportedly showing a Jackson Memorial Hospital patient’s protected health information, suggesting it was leaked by an employee,” Carlos A. Migoya, president and chief executive of Jackson Health System, said in a statement (as told by the New York Daily News). “An aggressive internal investigation looking into these allegations is underway.”

On Wednesday night, Schefter tweeted out a photo of what appeared to be two charts detailing the amputation of Pierre-Paul’s right index finger, which the New York Giants defensive end lost after a fireworks mishap on the Fourth of July. Schefter used the photos to illustrate his scoop of Pierre-Paul’s amputation.

Schefter likely will not face any sanction because HIPAA, the federal law that prohibits the release of private medical information without a patient’s consent, does not cover members of the media. But the person who sent the photo to Schefter could be fined or imprisoned under HIPAA, assuming that person was a hospital employee.

Jackson Memorial Hospital said that any employee found to have leaked the information would be reprimanded and perhaps fired.

“If these allegations prove to be true, I know the entire Jackson family will share my anguish,” the statement continued. “Our nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals are passionate about our patients’ health and well-being, and that includes the right to privacy. If we confirm Jackson employees or physicians violated a patient’s legal right to privacy, they will be held accountable, up to and including possible termination. We do not tolerate violations of this kind.
“In order to protect our patients’ rights and private information, we enforce strict rules for those who handle patient information and continually educate all employees on privacy regulations. Those rules are constantly evolving as technology changes, but always remain focused on putting our patients first.”

David J. Chao, a former team physician for the San Diego Chargers, told Justin Tasch of the Daily News that 50 to 100 people at the hospital could have had access to the information sent to Schefter, including nurses, physicians, a pharmacist, a dietician, several operating-room nurses and hospitality employees.

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