(410 ILCS 520/2)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 5602)
As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,
the terms specified in this Section have the meanings ascribed to them herein.
(a) "Department" means the Illinois Department of Public Health.
(b) "Disclosure" means the communication of health data to any individual
or organization outside the Department.
(c) "Health data" means any information, except vital records as defined
in the Vital Records Act, relating to the
health status of people, the availability of health resources and services,
and the use and cost of such resources and services.
(d) "Identifiable health data" means any item, collection, or grouping
of health data which makes the individual supplying it or described in it
(e) "Individual" means a natural person.
(f) "Organization" means any corporation, association, partnership,
agency, department, unit or other legally constituted institution or entity
or part thereof.
(g) "Research and statistical purposes" means the performance of certain
activities relating to health data including but not limited to: (1) describing
the group characteristics of individuals or organizations; (2) analyzing
the interrelationships among the various characteristics of individuals
or organizations; (3) the conduct of statistical procedures or studies to
improve the quality of health data; (4) the design of sample surveys and
the selection of samples of individuals or organizations; (5) the preparation
and publication of reports describing these matters; and (6) other related
functions. Specifically excluded as research and statistical purposes
is the use of the data for an individual or organization to make any
determination directly affecting the rights, benefits, or entitlements of
that individual or organization.
(Source: P.A. 87-895.)