Your needs as a reporter are important to HonorHealth. But the privacy and well-being of our patients is our top concern.
Additionally, privacy of patient information is strictly regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, commonly known as HIPAA.
Written consent is required by the patient or legal guardian prior to release of medical records or before interviews, photography or videography with news organizations.
The following guidelines are used by HonorHealth for members of the media who are seeking information on patient's condition:
- Reporters must have the patient's first and last name to request a condition report. Without a full name, condition information cannot be released.
- A brief condition description is the only information that can be released with a patient's full name.
- Media relations staff must have written consent from the patient or legal guardian to release additional information.
- Patients (or their parent or legal guardian) have the right to decline condition information and/or interview requests.
Below are the definitions for patient conditions:
- Good: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. The 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 questionable.
- Serious: Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill or injured. Indicators are questionable.
- Critical: Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
- Treated and released: Patient was treated but not admitted to the hospital.