(a) The records, proceedings, deliberations, and documents related to the investigation and review of any infected health care worker are confidential and shall be used by committees, licensing boards of licensed health care workers, panels, and individuals only in the exercise of their official duties and shall not be public records nor be admissible in court for any purpose nor subject to discovery in any civil action except appeals governed by Sections 22-11A-64 and 22-11A-65 and appeals from adverse professional license determinations made pursuant to Sections 22-11A-66 and 22-11A-72(a). Information gained during the investigation of an infected health care worker and the decision about restriction of practice of an infected health care worker shall be made available to the appropriate licensing board and to the employer of an infected health care worker and may be used by the licensing board in any subsequent administrative hearing or procedure.
Terms Used In Alabama Code 22-11A-69
- Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
- Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
- HEALTH CARE WORKER: Physicians, dentists, nurses, respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, surgical technicians, physician assistants, podiatrist, dialysis technicians, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, ambulance drivers, dental hygienists, dental assistants, students in the healing arts, or any other individual who provides or assists in the provision of medical, dental, or nursing services. See Alabama Code 22-11A-60
- INFECTED HEALTH CARE WORKER: A health care worker infected with HIV, HBV, HCV, or other disease designated by the State Board of Health by a rule adopted pursuant to the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act. See Alabama Code 22-11A-60
- Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
- person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
- state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
(b) However, nothing in this article shall preclude the notification of patients who have had an invasive procedure performed by an infected health care worker when deemed necessary by the State Health Officer to protect the patients of the health care worker.
(c) Any person violating the confidentiality provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $500.
(d) Under no circumstances shall disclosure of the identity of the infected health care worker to members of the expert review panel pursuant to Section 22-11A-63 constitute a violation of the confidentiality provisions of this section.