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Public Act 095-0418




Public Act 095-0418
SB0547 Enrolled LRB095 08128 CMK 28293 b

    AN ACT concerning State government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Department of Public Health Powers and
Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by adding Section 2310-367 as follows:
    (20 ILCS 2310/2310-367 new)
    Sec. 2310-367. Health Data Task Force; purpose;
implementation plan.
    (a) In accordance with the recommendations of the 2007
State Health Improvement Plan, it is the policy of the State
that, to the extent possible and consistent with privacy and
other laws, State public health data and health-related
administrative data are to be used to understand and report on
the scope of health problems, plan prevention programs, and
evaluate program effectiveness at the State and community
level. It is a priority to use data to address racial, ethnic,
and other health disparities. This system is intended to
support State and community level public health planning, and
is not intended to supplant or replace data-use agreements
between State agencies and academic researchers for more
specific research needs.
    (b) Within 30 days after the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, a Health Data Task
Force shall be convened to create a system for public access to
integrated health data. The Task Force shall consist of the
following: the Director of Public Health or his or her
designee; the Director of Healthcare and Family Services or his
or her designee; the Secretary of Human Services or his or her
designee; the Director of the Department on Aging or his or her
designee; the Director of Children and Family Services or his
or her designee; the State Superintendent of Education or his
or her designee; and other State officials as deemed
appropriate by the Governor.
    The Task Force shall be advised by a public advisory group
consisting of community health data users, minority health
advocates, local public health departments, and private data
suppliers such as hospitals and other health care providers.
Each member of the Task Force shall appoint 3 members of the
public advisory group. The public advisory group shall assist
the Task Force in setting goals, articulating user needs, and
setting priorities for action.
    The Department of Public Health is primarily responsible
for providing staff and administrative support to the Task
Force. The other State agencies represented on the Task Force
shall work cooperatively with the Department of Public Health
to provide administrative support to the Task Force. The
Department of Public Health shall have ongoing responsibility
for monitoring the implementation of the plan and shall have
ongoing responsibility to identify new or emerging data or
technology needs.
    The State agencies represented on the Task Force shall
review their health data, data collection, and dissemination
policies for opportunities to coordinate and integrate data and
make data available within and outside State government in
support of this State policy. To the extent possible, existing
data infrastructure shall be used to create this system of
public access to data. The Illinois Department of Health Care
and Family Services data warehouse and the Illinois Department
of Public Health IPLAN Data System may be the foundation of
this system.
    (c) The Task Force shall produce a plan with a phased and
prioritized implementation timetable focusing on assuring
access to improving the quality of data necessary to understand
health disparities. The Task Force shall submit an initial
report to the General Assembly no later that July 1, 2008, and
shall make annual reports to the General Assembly on or before
July 1 of each year through 2011 of the progress toward
implementing the plan.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/24/2007