HIPAA and Journalism

After a recent incident where a reporter tweeted hospital records pertaining to a professional athlete, many questioned the legality of reporting on potentially protected health information. However, according to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, such a release is completely justified so long as the reporter did not facilitate the leak of the health information in the first place. HIPAA prevents healthcare entities from disclosing protected health information, but does not prevent reporters who have received the information from reporting on it.