Thursday, July 9, 2015

Experts say Adam Schefter allowed to post JPP's medical chart

Story update: ESPN issued a statement which said "HIPAA does not apply to news organizations," according to CNN. Meanwhile, the hospital that treated JPP is launching an "aggressive internal investigation" to find out if a staffer leaked the image, per TMZ.

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered hand injuries during a 4th of July fireworks accident last weekend that resulted in his right index finger being amputated.

Adam Schefter's reporting on the incident has arguably drawn more buzz than JPP's amputation.

Schefter tweeted a photo of JPP's medical chart Wednesday evening, instantly causing a big reaction on social media. Within minutes, #HIPAA (in reference to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was trending on Twitter.
Current and former NFL players quickly chimed in.

But experts say unless Schefter stole the documents (unlikely), he is not legally in the wrong. Whoever provided the information, however, could be subject to fines and lawsuits.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported that "it’s likely that legal action will be taken against the person who leaked the document to ESPN."

Schefter is not legally in the wrong, but many believe his reporting was unethical. 
Neither Schefter nor ESPN have commented on the situation.

If you were in Schefter's situation, would you have published the medical records? Share your thoughts in the comments below!