KishHealth System is required to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our patients. As imposed by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), KishHealth System policy is to release to the media and general public one-word condition reports regarding cases of public record, unless the patient expressly prohibits such release, or if the release of information may endanger the patient.
A patient name is required before anyone at KishHealth System can release one of the following condition reports, as defined by the American Hospital Association. No information will be given if the request does not include the patient’s name.
- UNDETERMINED: Patient awaiting physician and assessment.
- 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 be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
- TREATED AND RELEASED: Patient was treated and released from the hospital.
Upon occasion, patients are transferred to other local healthcare facilities for further care and treatment. KishHealth System does not release the name of the facility the patient is being transferred to, and media may be referred to law enforcement or other public authorities.