Release of Patient Information

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), healthcare providers may only disclose patient information with the patient’s permission, and only if the reporter or journalist asks about a specific individual by name. If these requirements are met, a status report in general terms can be released:

  • Undetermined. Patient is awaiting physician assessment.

  • Good. Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.

  • Fair. Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.

  • Serious. Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.

  • Critical. Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.

Additional details about the status of a patient and/or an interview is only available with further permission from the patient.

If a patient has asked to remain confidential, we cannot confirm that we have a patient by that name at our hospital.

Please contact a member of our media relations staff with your interview request.

 

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