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AB-2167 Medical privacy: digital pills.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/12/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2167


Introduced by Assembly Member Chau

February 12, 2018


An act relating to privacy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2167, as introduced, Chau. Medical privacy: digital pills.
The Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, among other things, prohibits a business that offers software or hardware to consumers, including a mobile application or other related device that is designed to maintain medical information for the 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, from disclosing medical information regarding a patient, except as specified. A violation of the act that results in economic loss or personal injury to a patient is a crime, and a patient whose medical information was used or disclosed, and who has sustained economic loss or personal injury, may recover damages, as specified.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to the use of technology that provides an electronic alert when a patient has ingested a prescription pill, also known as a “digital pill,” to ensure that medical privacy protections are safeguarded.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to the use of technology that provides an electronic alert when a patient has ingested a prescription pill, also known as a “digital pill,” to ensure that medical privacy protections are safeguarded, including, but not limited to, legislation that adequately protects the privacy of a patient’s medical and personal information and maintains the standards for a patient to provide informed consent for the use of medication and the collection and dissemination of the patient’s medical information.