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Any business organized for the purpose of maintaining medical information in order to make the information available to the patient or to a provider of health care [upon request], for purposes of diagnosis or treatment of the patient, shall be deemed to be a provider of health care and shall maintain the same standards of confidentiality required of a provider of health care with respect to medical information disclosed to the corporation.

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A provider of health care, a health care service plan, or a contractor shall disclose medical information if the disclosure is compelled by any of the following: Court order; Order from a board, commission, or agency; Subpoena from a party before a court or agency; Arbitrator or panel; Search Warrant; Patient or Patient's representative; or, Coroner conducting an investigation

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A provider of health care or a health care service plan may disclose medical information in the following circumstances: 1) to other healthcare providers to facilitate diagnosis and treatment 2) to find financially liable party and obtain payment 3) to administrative subcontractors 4) quality control organizations (peer review boards, etc.) 5) accrediting agencies 6) coroners 7) \bona fide research purposes\" 8) employer

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(a) Every provider of health care, health care service plan, pharmaceutical company, or contractor who creates, maintains, preserves, stores, abandons, destroys, or disposes of medical records shall do so in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of the information contained therein. (b) An electronic health record system or electronic medical record system must (1) protect and preserve the integrity of electronic medical information, and (2) automatically record and preserve any change or deletion of any electronically stored medical information. The record of any change or deletion shall include the identity of the person who accessed and changed the medical information, the date and time the medical information was accessed, and the change that was made to the medical information. A patient's right to access or receive a copy of his or her electronic medical records upon request shall be consistent with applicable state and federal laws governing patient access to, and the use and disclosures of, medical information.

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Any person or entity that wishes to obtain medical information pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 56.10. . . shall obtain a valid authorization for the release of this information. The authorization must be signed by the patient (or in some cases, his legal representative, spouse, or beneficiary) and states: (1) the use of the type of information to be disclosed; (2) the names of the health care provider or other parties that may disclose the information or who are authorized to receive the information; (3) the limitations on use of the information; (4) the date after which the information can no longer be disclosed.

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Nothing in this part shall be construed to prevent a person who could sign the authorization pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 56.11 from canceling or modifying an authorization.

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Upon inquiry about a particular patient, a general acute care hospital has discretion to release certain information that is not medical information (as defined in section 56.05)

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An employer that receives medical information shall establish appropriate procedures such as instruction to employees and security systems to ensure the confidentiality and protection from unauthorized use and disclosure of that information.

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No employee shall be discriminated against in terms or conditions of employment due to that employee's refusal to sign an authorization under this part.

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An authorization for an employer to disclose medical information shall be valid if it complies with all of the following: 1) must be signed by the patient (or in some cases, his legal representative, or beneficiary) and states: (1) the use of the type of information to be disclosed; (2) the names of the health care provider or other parties that may disclose the information or who are authorized to receive the info; (3) the limitations on use of the info; (4) the date after which the information can no longer be disclosed.

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