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Owners and laboratory directors of all clinical laboratories shall preserve medical records and laboratory records, as defined in this section, for three years from the date of testing, examination, or purchase. Failure to retain records accordingly is cause of legal action. Information in these medical records shall be confidential, with certain exceptions.

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Owners/directors of clinical labs shall preserve medical and lab records for at least 3 years. Information shall be confidential, disclosed only to authorized persons.

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The Department of Health Services shall establish (1) a list of reportable diseases and conditions to be properly reported by the health officer, and (2) a list of communicable diseases and conditions for which clinical laboratories shall submit a culture or a specimen to the local public health laboratory and the State Public Health Laboratory. The laboratory report shall be submitted electronically in a manner specified by the department; laboratories that receive incomplete patient information may report the name of the provider who submitted the request to the local health officer.

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A clinical laboratory shall report all CD4+ T-Cell test results that are possibly related to an HIV infection to the local health officer within seven days of the completion of the CD4+ T-Cell test. If provided by the ordering health care provider, the lab report shall include: the patient's name, date of birth, and gender. The local health officer shall inspect each CD4+ T-Cell test report to determine if the test is related to a case of HIV infection. If the test result is related to a case of HIV infection, the local health officer shall report the case of HIV infection or AIDS to the State Department of Public Health within 45 days of receipt of the laboratory report. If the clinical laboratory CD4+ T-Cell test result is not related to a case of HIV infection, the local health officer shall destroy the laboratory CD4+ T-Cell test report. CD4+ T-Cell test reports shall not be disclosed, discoverable, or compelled to be produced in any civil, criminal, administrative, or other proceeding; and shall be consi

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(a) Notwithstanding any other law, a health care professional at whose request a test is performed shall provide or arrange for the provision of the results of a clinical laboratory test to the patient who is the subject of the test if so requested by the patient, in oral or written form. The results shall be disclosed in plain language and in oral or written form, except the results may be disclosed in electronic form if requested by the patient and if deemed most appropriate by the health care professional who requested the test. The telephone shall not be considered an electronic form of disclosing laboratory results subject to the limits on electronic disclosure of test results for the purpose of this section.

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(b) (1) Consent of the patient to receive his or her laboratory results by Internet posting or other electronic means shall be obtained in a manner consistent with the requirements of Section 56.10 or 56.11 of the Civil Code. In the event that a health care professional arranges for the provision of test results by Internet posting or other electronic manner, the results shall be disclosed to a patient in a reasonable time period, but only after the results have been reviewed by the health care professional. Access to clinical laboratory test results shall be restricted by the use of a secure personal identification number when the results are disclosed to a patient by Internet posting or other electronic manner. (2) Nothing in paragraph (1) shall prohibit direct communication by Internet posting or the use of other electronic means to disclose clinical laboratory test results by a treating health care professional who ordered the test for his or her patient or by a health care professional acting on behalf of, or with the authorization of, the treating health care professional who ordered the test.

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The laboratory that is storing a blood sample shall provide access to the blood sample only to (1) a person who has been adopted pursuant to this part, (2) the adoptive parent of a person under the age of 18 years, (3) the birth parents. No person other than the adoptive parent and the adopted child shall have access to the blood sample or any DNA test results related to the blood sample, unless the adoptive parent or the child authorizes another person or entity to have that access.

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Workers that handle pesticides must be tested regularly for pesticide poisoning; the test administered is a cholinesterase test. A laboratory that performs cholinesterase testing must report an illness to the Department of Pesticide Regulation. The laboratory's report must contain: the test results in IU/ml, the purpose of the test, the name and date of birth of the person tested, the contact information of the person tested and their employer. The medical professional ordering the test must ensure that the person tested receives a copy of the cholinesterase test results within 14 days. The information in the report must be held confidential. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and State Department of Public Health may share the information with the county agricultural commissioner or local health officer for the purpose of surveillance, case management, investigation, environmental remediation and abatement.

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The laboratory conducting the syphilis screening of prenatal blood samples shall report results to the Department of Health, which may destroy the results after two years.

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Any laboratory that performs a blood lead analysis in California shall report to the department: the test results, the name of the person tested, person's birth date or age, person's address or telephone number, information for health care provider ordering the analysis, information for the laboratory, accession number of the specimen, the date of analysis, the person's gender, the person's employer information, source of the specimen, and the date specimen was drawn. All information reported shall be confidential except as provided in (g).

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