Any media team member can help you find the right medical professional, whether it’s someone to comment on a study, do a live interview, or handle production logistics for a multi-week documentary shoot.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center does not participate in file footage productions.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s first priority is the health and privacy of its patients. To that end, it is the hospital’s responsibility to see that a patient rests and recuperates during a hospital stay. For this reason, the Hospital Center does not allow interviews, photographs or recording devices of any kind on campus for media interviews with patients or their family members during a hospital stay. Media often arrange interviews with family members off campus or with a patient following discharge from the hospital.
Since the passage of the federal Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 2004, hospitals are severely restricted with regard to the release of patient information. If a patient’s full first and last name is provided, HIPAA allows ONLY that patient’s condition to be released. (editorializing). Without a patient’s correct full first and last name, no information -- not even condition --can be released. We also cannot confirm patient names.
View conditions defined to help clarify what each patient condition means as defined and approved by the American Hospital Association and used by MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s media team.