Closed under personal privacy exemption and federal statute protecting medical records, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). See 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(c); 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(a). A private hospital would not qualify as a public body. See 5 ILCS 140/2; see generally Coy v. Washington County Hosp. Dist., 372 Ill. App. 3d 1077, 1090, 866 N.E.2d 651, 663 (5th Dist. 2007) (holding that names of patients treated at public hospital were exempt from disclosure).
(As a practical matter, certain records — admission and birth information, for example — are often published by voluntary agreement between hospitals and the media.)