GDSP is required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information. The federal and state laws restrict the use, maintenance, and disclosure of personal information obtained by a state agency and require certain notices to individuals whose information is maintained. The law also requires us to let you know promptly if a breach occurred that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
State laws include the California Information Practices Act (Civil Code 1798 et seq.), Government Code Section 11015.5, and Health and Safety Code Section 124980. The federal law is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), 42 USC 1320d-2(a)(2), and its regulations in Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations Section 160.100, et seq.
In compliance with these laws, you and those providing information are notified of the following: CDPH collects and uses personal and medical information as permitted under Health and Safety Code Sections 124977, 124980, 125000, 125002,125050, 125055, and 123055, and according to procedures in State regulations (17 CCR §§ 6527, 6529, 6531 and 6532). The information CDPH collects is used to estimate the risk of serious birth defects in the pregnancy and provide diagnostic testing for pregnant women. If personal information is not provided, problems could result such as not detecting an affected baby, falsely reporting increased risk causing unnecessary invasive testing, or not being able to bill properly for the services provided. This information is collected electronically and includes your name, address, testing results, and medical care given to you.