MLB Moves to Standardize Medical Information After Padres GM Suspended

The MLB is moving to “standardize the medical information that must be shared during trade negotiations,” according to CBS Sports. This move comes on the heels of the 30-game suspension of Padres general manager A.J. Preller, who was sharing a “bare minimum” set of medical information with potential traders while keeping the team’s detailed records internal only.

Despite the timing, MLB’s move toward standardization of the sharing of athletes’ medical information is not intended as a response to Preller’s suspension, according to the article.

Health information professionals and privacy and security advocates might be taken aback that players’ medical information is shared so freely, but the sharing of such information is typical when teams are sharing information when trying to strike potential trade deals.

“This is kind of an area where we’ve been moving each year since we adopted the electronic medical records…to get more consistency and standardization across clubs,” said Dan Halem, MLB’s chief legal officer, according to the CBS Sports article. MLB is looking to formalize the process of determining what types of records should be shared and “contemplate pushing for guidance in terms of what has to be in and what has to be out,” he said. The goal is to shore up confidence in the overall system.

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