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Confidentiality / Law Related

Government Health Care Information



50-16-601.  Short title. This part may be cited as the "Government Health Care Information Act".

50-16-602.  Definitions. As used in this part, unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply:

(1)  "Department" means the department of health and environmental sciences provided for in Title 2, chapter 15, part 21.

(2)  "Health care information" means information, whether oral or recorded in any form or medium, that identifies or can readily be associated with the identity of an individual, including one who is deceased, and relates to that individual's health care or status. The term includes any record of disclosures of health care information and any information about an individual received pursuant to state law or rules relating to communicable disease. The term does not include vital statistics information gathered under Title 50, chapter 15.

(3)  "Local board" means a county, city, city-county, or district board of health provided for in Title 50, chapter 2, part 1.

(4)  "Local health officer" means a county, city, city-county, or district health officer appointed by a local board.



50-16-603.  Confidentiality of health care information. Health care information in the possession of the department, a local board, a local health officer, or their authorized representatives may not be released except:

(1)  for statistical purposes, if no identification of individuals can be made from the information released;

(2)  when the health care information pertains to a person who has given written consent to the release and has specified the type of information to be released and the person or entity to whom it may be released;

(3)  to medical personnel in a medical emergency as necessary to protect the health, life, or well-being of the named person;

(4)  as allowed by Title 50, chapters 17 and 18;

(5)  to another state or local public health agency, including those in other states, whenever necessary to continue health services to the named person or to undertake public health efforts to prevent or interrupt the transmission of a communicable disease;

(6)  in the case of a minor, as required by 41-3-201 or pursuant to an investigation under 41-3-202. If the health care information is required in a subsequent court proceeding involving child abuse, the information may be disclosed only in camera and documents containing the information must be sealed by the court upon conclusion of the proceedings.

(7)  to medical personnel, the department, a local health officer or board, or a district court when necessary to implement or enforce state statutes or state or local health rules concerning the prevention or control of diseases designated as reportable pursuant to 50-1-202, if the release does not conflict with any other provision contained in this part.

50-16-604.  Secondary release of health care information. Information released pursuant to 50-16-603 may not be released by the person or entity it is released to unless the release conforms to the requirements of 50-16-603.

50-16-605.  Judicial, legislative, and administrative proceedings -- testimony. (1) An officer or employee of the department may not be examined in a judicial, legislative, administrative, or other proceeding about the existence or content of records containing individually identifiable health care information, including the results of investigations, unless all individuals whose names appear in the records give written consent to the release of information identifying them.

(2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the health care information is to be released pursuant to 50-16-603(7).



50-16-606.  Correlation with Uniform Health Care Information Act. Health care information in the possession of a local board, local health officer, or the department because a health care provider employed by any of these entities provided health care to a patient, either individually or at a public health center or other publicly owned health care facility, is subject to the Uniform Health Care Information Act and not subject to this part.

50-16-607 through 50-16-610 reserved.

50-16-611.  Penalty. A person who knowingly violates the provisions of this part is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than $500 or more than $10,000, be imprisoned in the county jail not less than 3 months or more than 1 year, or both.