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The Medical Board of California shall contract with an independent entity to conduct a comprehensive study of the peer review process. (e) The case files and other information obtained by the independent entity shall be confidential. The independent entity shall not release the case files or other information it obtains to any individual, agency, or entity, including the board, except as aggregate data, examples, or in the final report submitted to the board and the Legislature, but in no case shall information released under these exemptions be identifiable in any way or associated with, or related to, a specific facility, individual, or peer review body. (f) Information obtained by the independent entity, including raw data, patient information, case files or records, interviews and records of interviews, etc., shall not be subject to discovery/subpoena/subpoena duces tecum and shall not be admissible as evidence in any court of law in this state. The information described in this subdivision shall be subje

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Each agency that collects personal information shall provide the following notice: the name of the agency/division requesting the information; the contact information of the agency official responsible for the system of records and who shall, upon request, inform an individual regarding the location of his or her records and the categories of any persons who use the information in those records; the legal authority for the maintenance of the information; whether submission of such information is mandatory or voluntary; the consequences of not providing all or any part of the requested information; the purpose for which the information will be used; any known or foreseeable disclosures which may be made of the information; the individual's right of access to records containing personal information which are maintained by the agency.

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An agency may disclose personal information to the University of California or a nonprofit entity conducting scientific research, provided the request for information is approved by the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA) or an authorized institutional review board. To be approved, the researcher must have a plan to (1) protect personal information from improper use and disclosures, including sufficient administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect personal information from reasonable anticipated threats to the security or confidentiality of the information; (2) to destroy or return all personal information as soon as it is no longer needed for the research project; (3) have provided sufficient written assurances that the personal information will not be reused or disclosed to any other person or entity, or used in any manner, not approved in the research protocol, except as required by law or for authorized oversigh

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Information shall be disclosed to the protection and advocacy agency charged with protecting and advocating the rights of people with disabilities for the purposes of investigating incidents of abuse or neglect of persons with disabilities.

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The state agencies of the Department of Education and Department of Health Care Services are responsible for the maintenance and protection of data received. Each state agency that possesses the data shall follow privacy and confidentiality procedures consistent with all applicable state and federal law. Data that identifies applicants for, or recipients of, public social services, may be transferred from existing databases maintained by the State Department of Health Care Services, in order to directly certify recipients of the Food Stamp Program, the CalWORKs program, and other programs authorized for direct certification under federal law.

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Exemptions from Public Records Act disclosure include developmentally disabled conservatee reports and records, developmentally disabled or mentally disordered person as victim of crime in report filed with law enforcement agency, access to information provided by family member of developmentally disabled, access to and release of information about developmentally disabled or mentally disordered person by protection and advocacy agency, confidentiality of records and information of developmentally disabled.

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Limited by state and federal law and regulations limiting disclosure, local health departments and the State Department may share (c) information with any entity designated by federal or state law to receive such information. The State Department of Health Services may enter into written agreements to share confidential information with other states for the listed purposes and use of information must be limited to such purposes. Information may not be shared under this subdivision if the patient or patient's guardian refuses to allow the sharing of immunization information under (e) [i.e. refusal to permit record sharing].

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(b) In accordance with subdivision (g) of Section 121022, a state or local public health agency, or an agent of that agency, may disclose personally identifying information in public health records, as described in subdivision (a), to other local, state, or federal public health agencies or to corroborating medical researchers, when the confidential information is necessary to carry out the duties of the agency or researcher in the investigation, control, or surveillance of disease, as determined by the state or local public health agency.

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Use of electronic recordkeeping to store patient records shall ensure safety and integrity of the records at least to the extent of hard copy records. Upon request, access to electronically stored patient records shall be made available to the Division of Licensing and Certification staff. Policies and procedures should be developed to include safeguards for confidentiality of electronically stored patient health records

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[Certain officials] may inspect a licensed general or specialized hospital as well as ... medical staff and patient hospital medical records subject to the provisions of Section 2225.

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