Release of Patient Information
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.
- HonorHealth news media 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.
News Media Visits to Our Locations
The marketing, growth and engagement department values your news coverage of HonorHealth. When you plan to visit one of our locations, you'll need to work with us to coordinate your visit. Because we are committed to respecting and honoring our patients' rights to privacy, a member of the team must accompany you on any visit to a HonorHealth location. We will assist you to schedule interviews and arrange for any photo or filming needs.
HonorHealth has designated filming locations for media interviews, as well as designated parking locations for members of the news media.
- Film: Sidewalk at the corner of 4th Street and Drinkwater Boulevard.
- Park: Public parking available on 4th Street.
- Film: Sidewalk at the corner of 90th Street and Shea Boulevard.
- Park: Across the street (north side of Shea Boulevard).
- Film: Sidewalk off of North Scottsdale Healthcare Drive, north of Thompson Peak Parkway.
- Park: Public parking off of Scottsdale Healthcare Drive.
- Film: On 2nd Street sidewalk, north of Dunlap Avenue.
- Park: Street parking on 2nd Street.
- Film: On 27th Avenue sidewalk, south of West Beardsley Road.
- Park: Public parking available on the west side of 27th Avenue.