Allegheny Health Network is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of its patients and their medical information as mandated by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In accordance with HIPAA regulations, the following policies are strictly followed by the Media Relations team:
In most cases, we will be able to provide a one word condition to describe the patient’s status – good, fair, serious or critical. The extent or nature of a patient’s injuries will not be disclosed under any circumstance without the direct, written consent of the patient. Patient conditions are defined as follows:
The victims of assault or other crimes are often listed under a “protective status” as a measure of security and their names are not included in the hospital’s patient directory. In such circumstances, we cannot provide any information pertaining to the patient, including confirmation of their admission to the hospital.
The Law also prohibits the release of any information to the media about patients admitted to the hospital for a psychiatric illness; and no information is provided on any patient under the age of 18 without the direct, written consent of the patient’s official legal guardian.
Reporters or other members of the media who wish to interview a patient of AHN who is currently in the hospital, must provide the AHN Media Relations team with the patient’s full name. If the patient’s name is included in the patient directory, we will make every effort to secure consent and accommodate the interview request.