The department of health shall conduct all investigations and hearings under section 4769.03 of the Revised Code in a manner that protects patient confidentiality. The department shall not make public the names or other identifying information about a patient unless the patient consents . Consent is not required for the release of the information if the department determines that it possesses reliable and substantial evidence that no bona fide health care practitioner-patient relationship exists. When the department publicly reprimands a violator pursuant to division (C)(1) of section 4769.03 of the Revised Code, it shall not make public the name or any other identifying information about a patient.
Effective Date: 11-24-1995 .