A patient condition can be provided to the media only if the reporter provides the patient's first and last name and that patient is listed in the Patient Directory. Federal privacy guidelines under HIPAA restrict the amount of information that can be released about a patient to a single word condition and the patient's general location in the hospital (provided it does not reveal prohibited information, such as that the patient is being treated for substance abuse).
Use the terms:
When a death is investigated by the county coroner, questions about the cause of death should be addressed to that public office.
If a patient is unable to communicate for the purpose of objecting to or restricting the use of directory information, such information can be released only if any past preferences are known and disclosure is in the best interests of the patient, in the professional judgment of the medical services provider. Again, general condition of the patient can be released only if the reporter asks for the patient by name
Minor children: HIPAA Guidelines are meant to preserve state laws regarding minors. Information about minors (under the age of 18) may have information released with the consent of a parent or legal guardian, following the preceding guidelines.
Patient Condition Access – Daytime
For patient condition information during normal business hours, media should call:
Patient Condition Access – After Hours
After normal business hours, or in the absence of Marketing/Public Relations staff, Clinical Coordinators on-duty are authorized to release General Condition and Location information to the media.
If there is any question about release of information after hours, call the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Switchboard and they will call Director of Marketing and Public Relations.