Patient Conditions and Release of Patient Information

Patient Conditions and Release of Patient Information

Privacy regulations issued by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) strictly govern the use and release of a patient's personal health information. As a member of the media, here is what you need to know if you want information about a patient at a Bronson.
  • You must have the patient's first and last name before we can release a condition. Without a name, condition reports can’t be released.
  • If you have the patient's first and last name, the only information that may be released to the media is a one-word condition report – unless the Bronson media relations specialist receives consent from the patient or, if the patient is under 18 years of age, the patient's parent or guardian.
  • Patients have the right to deny any information be released about their condition – even that one-word condition report. For a minor, the parent or guardian has the authority to make that decision.

Here are the one-word patient conditions we can release:

  • 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 not be conscious; indicators are unfavorable.

Patient Conditions and Privacy