STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON MEDICAL PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY

Robert L. Baum, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor, 2-year term), 2004

Appointed by Governor: Eleni Anagnostiadis; Mary I. Davis; James A. Ishikawa; Judith G. Letcher; Adrian M. Mosley; Alfred W. Redmer, Jr.; Michael J. (Ben) Steffen. Terms expire 2001.

Terezie S. Bohrer; Evan G. DeRenzo, Ph.D.; Margaret R. Kostopoulos; Pearl L. Lewis; David A. Roling, Esq.; Wayne M. Willoughby, Esq. Terms expire 2002.

Thomas P. Evans; Katherine D. Hairston-Neale; Thomas E. Hobbins, M.D.; Eugene Jones, Jr.; Ronald F. Moser, D.D.S.; Stephanie L. Reel; Christine J. Warren, Esq. Terms expire 2003.

Harry A. Brandt, M.D.; Timothy F. Doran, M.D.; Paula C. Hollinger; Jemima A. Kankam, M.D.; Oscar L. Morgan; Carla G. Pettus, Esq.; W. Sherod Williams, Ph.D. Terms expire 2004.

Ex officio: Georges C. Benjamin, M.D., Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene

Staff: Kim Mayer

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Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 15 (Chapter 270, Acts of 2000).

In July 2000, the State Advisory Council on Medical Privacy and Confidentiality was authorized (Chapter 270, Acts of 2000). The Council advises the General Assembly on emerging issues in the area of confidentiality of medical records. In doing so, the Council monitors federal law and regulations concerning this area, and health care information technology, telemedicine, and provider and patient communication. It also is authorized to hold hearings.

Medical databases and the electronic transmission of data as they relate to patient confidentiality are studied by the Council, along with provider "best practices" for supporting patient confidentiality. In addition, the Council facilitates dissemination of information on, and compliance with, federal standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information.

The Council is to study the issue of patient or person-in-interest notification subsequent to certain changes in custody of medical records. Such changes would include the transfer of records following transfer of ownership of a health care practice; the death, retirement, or change in employment of a health care practitioner; or the sale, dissolution or bankruptcy of a corporation which has ownership interests or possession of medical records.

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