§ 5100.36. Departmental access to records and data collection.

 (a)  Notwithstanding any part of this chapter to the contrary, employes of the Department shall not be denied access to any patient records where such access is necessary and appropriate for the employe’s proper performance of his duties. The facility director shall make such decision, and shall be responsible for limiting access to those portions which are relevant to the request.

 (b)  Any conflict as to access by an employe to patient records at State hospitals shall be resolved by the Regional Commissioner of Mental Health.

 (c)  Collection and analysis of clinical or statistical data by the Department, the administrator, or the facility for administrative or research purposes may be undertaken as long as the report or paper prepared from the data does not identify any individual patient without his consent.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  3800.20 (relating to confidentiality of records); 55 Pa. Code §  5100.4 (relating to scope); 55 Pa. Code §  5200.41 (relating to records); 55 Pa. Code §  5200.47 (relating to other applicable regulations); 55 Pa. Code §  5210.26 (relating to records); 55 Pa. Code §  5210.56 (relating to other applicable regulations); 55 Pa. Code §  5221.52 (relating to notice of confidentiality and nondiscrimination); 55 Pa. Code §  5230.17 (relating to confidentiality); and 55 Pa. Code §  5320.26 (relating to confidentiality).

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