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Amendment

 

January Session, 2009

LCO No. 7841

   
 

*HB0660007841HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. CAFERO, 142nd Dist.

REP. HAMZY, 78th Dist.

REP. KLARIDES, 114th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 6600

File No. 920

Cal. No. 403

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (Effective from passage) On or before July 1, 2009, the Department of Public Health shall submit, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, the state-wide health information technology plan developed pursuant to section 19a-25d of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Not later than June 1, 2009, the Governor, in consultation with the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health, the Lieutenant Governor and the Commissioner of Public Health, shall designate an entity to serve, on and after July 1, 2009, as the lead health information exchange organization for the state. The designated entity shall, in consultation with the Department of Public Health, seek private and federal funds, including funds made available pursuant to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, for the initial development of a state-wide health information exchange. Any private or federal funds received by such entity may be used for the purpose of establishing health information technology pilot programs. Beginning on October 1, 2009, such entity shall submit, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, quarterly reports to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health and to the Department of Public Health on any private or federal funds received during the preceding quarter and, if applicable, how such funds have been expended. Such reports shall minimally include the total amount of funds and the source providing such funds.

(b) The entity designated, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, as the lead health information exchange organization for the state shall: (1) Facilitate the implementation and periodic revisions of the health information technology plan after the plan is initially submitted in accordance with the provisions of section 1 of this act, including the implementation of an integrated state-wide electronic health information infrastructure for the sharing of electronic health information among health care facilities, health care professionals, public and private payors and patients, and (2) on or before February 1, 2010, and annually thereafter, report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, on the implementation of such plan to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health. Such report shall include details concerning the status of the implementation of the health information technology plan, and may include recommended revisions to such plan, statutory changes needed to facilitate the implementation of such plan and funding needed to effectuate such plan along with the proposed sources of such funding.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective from passage) The entity designated, pursuant to subsection (a) of section 2 of this act, as the lead health information exchange organization for the state shall develop standards and protocols for privacy in the sharing of electronic health information. Such standards and protocols shall be no less stringent than the "Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information" established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, (P. L. 104-191), as amended from time to time, and contained in 45 CFR 160, 164. Such standards and protocols shall require that individually identifiable health information be secure and that access to such information be traceable by an electronic audit trail.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) Not later than June 1, 2009, the Department of Public Health shall develop, in consultation with the Attorney General and within existing budgetary resources, conflict of interest policies that shall be applicable to the board of directors, employees and agents of the entity designated, pursuant to subsection (a) of section 2 of this act, as the lead health information exchange organization for the state.

(b) In carrying out the responsibilities prescribed under sections 2 and 3 of this act, the board of directors, employees and agents of such entity shall be subject to conflict of interest policies established by the Department of Public Health, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, to ensure that deliberations and decisions are fair and equitable. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Sec. 2

from passage

New section

Sec. 3

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New section

Sec. 4

from passage

New section