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Confidentiality of Medical Information   

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(a) Any business organized for the purpose of maintaining medical information, as defined in subdivision (g) of Section 56.05, in order to make the information available to an individual or to a provider of health care at the request of the individual or a provider of health care, for purposes of allowing the individual to manage his or her information, or for the diagnosis and treatment of the individual, shall be deemed to be a provider of health care subject to the requirements of this part. However, nothing in this section shall be construed to make a business specified in this subdivision a provider of health care for purposes of any law other than this part, including laws that specifically incorporate by reference the definitions of this part.

(b) Any business that offers software or hardware to consumers, including a mobile application or other related device that is designed to maintain medical information, as defined in subdivision (g) of Section 56.05, in order to make the information available to an individual or a provider of health care at the request of the individual or a provider of health care, for purposes of allowing the individual to manage his or her information, or for the diagnosis, treatment, or management of a medical condition of the individual, shall be deemed to be a provider of health care subject to the requirements of this part. However, nothing in this section shall be construed to make a business specified in this subdivision a provider of health care for purposes of any law other than this part, including laws that specifically incorporate by reference the definitions of this part.

(c) Any business described in subdivision (a) or (b) shall maintain the same standards of confidentiality required of a provider of health care with respect to medical information disclosed to the business.

(d) Any business described in subdivision (a) or (b) shall be subject to the penalties for improper use and disclosure of medical information prescribed in this part.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 296, Sec. 1.)