Senate Bill 0397
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DIGEST OF SB0397 (Updated January 18, 2000 4:14 PM - DI 47)
Health information data bases. Creates the state public health information coordination commission to coordinate the exchange of information between the department of environmental management and the state department of health and to carry out other health information coordination duties. Requires the commission to study and make recommendations for the improvement of the state's geographical information data bases and to oversee the creation and administration of a health information data base pilot program. Provides that the health data base pilot program is to identify statewide disease trends, local disease trends, and gaps in available health information. Requires the state department of health to administer the program and report on the program to the environmental quality services council. Requires the state department of health to ensure that the staff of the state cancer registry is sufficient to adequately manage data in the cancer registry. Beginning in July 2003, annually appropriates $1,000,000 from the tobacco settlement fund to the state department of health for staffing and maintaining the cancer registry. Provides that the birth problems registry is to receive and record information on severe disabilities that are recognized at any time before a child is four years of age.
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