DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Data Sharing Between the Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Health and Human Services
126-A:76 Data Sharing Between the Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Health and Human Services.
I. The department of environmental services and the department of health and human services shall develop and implement a method by which the departments share certain health outcome and environmental data. On or before September 1, 2018, the commissioners of the department of environmental services and the department of health and human services shall:
(a) Enter into an updated memorandum of agreement on cooperation regarding data sharing between the department of health and human services and the department of environmental services.
(b) Sign a joint standard operating procedure on how data layers can be shared between the 2 departments to identify linkages between environmental contaminants and health outcomes in a collaborative fashion.
(c) Hold a presentation on the departments' ongoing, joint efforts under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention environmental public health tracking cooperative agreement.
(d) Make a presentation to the commission to study environmentally-triggered chronic illness regarding the departments' use of the standard operating procedure developed under subparagraph (b) to compare data, analyze community impacts, and communicate the results to the community.
II. Nothing in this section shall require the disclosure of confidential or personally identifiable information otherwise protected by state or federal law. In order to assure the privacy of protected health information, only non-protected health information or aggregated data shall be made available where it is pertinent to the matter being assessed.
III. On or before September 1, 2019, and at a minimum every 6 months thereafter, the commissioners of the department of environmental services and the department of health and human services shall submit a report regarding the data sharing practices required under paragraph I to the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate president, the state library, and the commission to study environmentally-triggered chronic illness. The report shall include results of the 2-way pilot project between the departments on arsenic in drinking water, where both health effects and environmental data exist.
Source. 2018, 296:1, eff. Aug. 24, 2018. 2019, 229:4, 5, eff. July 12, 2019.