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Research in California

Health research in California is regulated by the Bureau of Statistics.  It was created by the state of California to provide the Medical Board of California with statistics pertaining to licensing, medical quality and enforcement.1  The Bureau is required to conduct research as requested by the Medical Board of California.2

Another element of California’s research laws is the collection of disease specific information.  All state agencies and universities are required to report on state funded research on diseases or disorders unique to women or minorities.3  California also requires health care providers to report all cases of cancer to the Department of Health Services, which puts the cases in the statewide registry system.  The cancer registry system allows researchers access to the health information, but requires that they maintain patient confidentiality.4   California imposes similar requirements on health care providers for reporting cases of Parkinson’s disease, and on researchers for using information from the Parkinson’s disease registry system.5

 

Footnotes

  • 1. Business & Professional Code §2380
  • 2. Business & Professional Code §2382
  • 3. Health & Safety Code §439.904
  • 4. Health & Safety Code §103885
  • 5. Health & Safety Code §103865

 

Research in California

Subtopic Statute/Regulation Description
Publicly reported health information used for research (disease specific, registry data) (Cross reference Public Health Data Collection) Informational Requirements for Reporting to the Local Health Authority – Cal. Code Regs. tit. 17 § 2500 Each health care provider who attends a case or is aware of a case or suspected cases of designated diseases has a duty to report this to the local...
Reporting Requirements for Cancer Cases and Regional Cancer Registry Requirements – Cal. Code Regs. tit. 17 § 2593 Cancer cases must be reported by all counties to a regional cancer registry, which will then report to the Department of Health Services.  The...
Reporting Requirements of Parkinson's Disease and Confidentiality of Patient Information – Cal. Health & Safety Code §103865 This is from a larger excerpt about the reporting requirements of Parkinson’s disease.  All information that is reported must remain...
Requirements for Reports by Local Health Officer to State Department of Public Health – Cal. Code Regs. tit. 17 § 2502 “Reports by Local Health Officer to State Department of Public Health”   Each local health officer must report all conditions...
Access to research information or data Patient Records: Confidentiality and Disclosure – Cal. Health & Safety Code § 11845.5. All substance abuse treatment records are confidential and privileged to the patient and may only be disclosed according to the statute, irrespective...
Reporting Requirements of Parkinson's Disease and Confidentiality of Patient Information – Cal. Health & Safety Code §103865 This is from a larger excerpt about the reporting requirements of Parkinson’s disease.  All information that is reported must remain...
Research Reporting Requirements of Cancer and Confidentiality of Patient Information – Cal. Health & Safety Code § 103885 This is from a larger except about the reporting requirements of cancer.  All information that is reported must remain confidential. ...
Confidentiality of research data (Cross reference Privacy & Confidentiality): Researchers may only disclose the minimum necessary to achieve research goals Reporting Requirements of Parkinson's Disease and Confidentiality of Patient Information – Cal. Health & Safety Code §103865 This is from a larger excerpt about the reporting requirements of Parkinson’s disease.  All information that is reported must remain...
Confidentiality of research data (Cross reference Privacy & Confidentiality): Researchers prohibited from further disclosing information Reporting Requirements of Parkinson's Disease and Confidentiality of Patient Information – Cal. Health & Safety Code §103865 This is from a larger excerpt about the reporting requirements of Parkinson’s disease.  All information that is reported must remain...