"Due to patient-privacy regulations, hospitals are legally required to control patient information. During your admission, you may specifically state and have them note that you welcome a visit from a minister of Jehovah's Witnesses."
What does "patient information" have to do with a visit from a minister?
The Society is aware of the HIPAA laws, patients privacy. A patient's privacy in a hospitol or doctors office is protected by laws and a minister would need permission from the patient to visit. The hospitol could not disclose any information about the patient or even if the patient is there under this law.
It is all very complicated. I am a courier and I transport patients films, etc from one hospitol to another and cannot have any patient information visible to the public such as the patients name visible while someone can look through the window of my car.
Anyone working in Health Care must be HIPAA compliant.