Iowa players' medical records may have been illegally accessed by employees

Dave Curtis reports:

Officials at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have launched an investigation into whether electronic medical records of the 13 Iowa Hawkeyes football players receiving care there were accessed inappropriately.

The players and their families were notified Friday of the investigation, which could take up to two weeks, according to a statement released by hospital spokesman Tom Moore. UIHC officials do routine screenings for privacy violations, according to the statement.

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This report may be linked to an earlier report, not covered on this blog, that the 13 players were hospitalized for treatment of rhabdomyolsis. There has apparently been a lot of public curiosity as to whether the players had used some substance or supplement, or if their condition might be related to intense workouts. Under such conditions and with a lot of local media coverage, it would not be surprising if some employees snooped in their files.

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