2005 Connecticut Code - Sec. 19a-216a. Examination and treatment of persons at communicable disease control clinics. Confidentiality.

      Sec. 19a-216a. Examination and treatment of persons at communicable disease control clinics. Confidentiality. (a) For the purposes of this section: (1) "Communicable disease control clinic" means a state or local health department funded clinic established for the purpose of providing readily accessible treatment of persons with possible sexually-transmitted diseases and their sexual contacts or persons with possible tuberculosis and their contacts. (2) "Epidemiologic information" means the names of possible human sources of infection or subsequent transmission from a person with a sexually-transmitted disease or tuberculosis.

      (b) The personal medical records of persons examined or treated in a communicable disease control clinic shall be held strictly confidential by the local director of health and his authorized agents and shall not be released or made public or be subject to discovery proceedings, except release may be made of personal medical information, excluding epidemiologic information under the following circumstances:

      (1) For statistical purposes in such form that no individual person can be identified;

      (2) With the informed consent of all persons identified in the records;

      (3) To health care providers in a medical emergency to the extent necessary to protect the health or life of the person who is the subject;

      (4) To health care providers and public health officials in the states or localities authorized to receive such information by other state statute or regulation to the extent necessary to protect the public health or safety by permitting the continuation of service or public health efforts directed to disease prevention and control;

      (5) To any agency authorized to receive reports of abuse or neglect of minors not more than twelve years of age pursuant to section 19a-216. If any information is required to be disclosed in a court proceeding involving abuse or neglect, the information shall be disclosed in camera and sealed by the court upon conclusion of the proceeding; or

      (6) By court order as necessary to enforce any provision of the general statutes or state regulations or local ordinances pertaining to public health and safety provided the order explicitly finds each of the following: (A) The information sought is material, relevant and reasonably calculated to be admissible evidence during the legal proceeding; (B) the probative value of the evidence outweighs the individual's and the public's interest in maintaining its confidentiality; (C) the merits of the litigation cannot be fairly resolved without the disclosure; and (D) the evidence is necessary to avoid substantial injustice to the party seeking it and the disclosure will result in no significant harm to the person examined or treated. Before making such findings, the court may examine the information in camera. If the information meets the test of necessary evidence as listed in this subdivision, it shall be disclosed only in camera and shall be sealed by the court on conclusion of the proceeding.

      (c) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, no local health department official or employee shall be examined in any court proceeding, civil or criminal, or before any other tribunal, board, agency or person as to the existence or contents of pertinent records, reports or information of a person examined or treated for a sexually-transmitted disease by a state or local health department, or as to the existence or contents of such records, reports or information received by such department from a private physician or private health facility, without the written consent of the individual who is the subject of the records, reports or information.

      (d) Information released under the provisions of this section shall not be rereleased unless the rerelease is made in accordance with the provisions of this section.

      (e) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars. No provision of this section shall be deemed to supersede section 19a-584.

      (P.A. 93-214.)

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