HIPAA Guidelines

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center has always placed the highest importance on patient privacy and confidentiality. The implementation of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 2003 has not substantially changed our policies and procedures in releasing patient information, but does ensure that all health care institutions follow the same guidelines to safeguard privacy and confidentiality.

Specifically, St. Elizabeth's uses the following American Hospital Association guidelines and our own internal policies to govern the release of patient information to the public and the media.

Release of patient's general condition and location: Out of respect to our patients' privacy, St. Elizabeth's does not provide details on a patients status including patient condition updates.

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