Senate Bill 88
151st General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
Rep. Dorsey Walker
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DELAWARE HEALTH INFORMATION NETWORK AND THE PROTECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION.
This Act is the result of the 2019 report of the Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee’s task force under Senate Resolution No. 9 of the 150th General Assembly, which recommended permitting the Delaware Health Information Network (“DHIN”) to use clinical healthcare data in its possession for appropriate analytic and public health purposes. This Act largely tracks current law regarding the use of health care claims data that DHIN holds. It requires DHIN to promulgate regulations to permit appropriate health-care payers, providers, purchasers, or researchers to access clinical data in DHIN’s possession under terms and conditions that DHIN and its Board of Directors establish. This Act maintains and enhances language that requires DHIN to disclose individually-identifiable patient information only with direct patient consent or for purposes permitted by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and associated regulations (“HIPAA”). This Act also provides additional protections to consumers, by codifying DHIN’s general practice of providing Delaware residents with access to their own health information and requiring DHIN to promulgate regulations giving residents the ability to require DHIN to provide that health information to third parties under appropriate terms and conditions. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.