(410 ILCS 525/4) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 6704)
    Sec. 4. (a) There is created the Health and Hazardous Substances Coordinating Council, to be comprised of the following persons ex officio or their designees: Dean of the School of Public Health of the University of Illinois, Director of Natural Resources, Director of Public Health, Director of Labor, Director of Agriculture, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Director of Nuclear Safety.
    The University of Illinois School of Public Health shall advise the Department in the design, function and utilization of the Registry.
    (b) To facilitate the collection of cancer incidence information, the Department, in consultation with the Advisory Board of Cancer Control, shall have the authority to require hospitals, laboratories or other facilities to report incidences of cancer and other specified tumorous and precancerous diseases to the Department, and to require the submission of such other information pertaining to or in connection with such reported cases as the Department deems necessary or appropriate for the purposes of this Act. The Department may promulgate rules or regulations specifying the hospitals, laboratories or other facilities which are required to submit information pursuant to this Section, the types of information required to be submitted, methods of submitting such information and any other detail deemed by the Department to be necessary or appropriate for administration of this Act. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to compel any individual to submit to a medical examination or supervision.
    (c) The Director shall by rule or regulation establish standards or guidelines for ensuring the protection of information made confidential or privileged under law.
    (d) The identity, or any group of facts that tends to lead to the identity, of any person whose condition or treatment is submitted to the Illinois Health and Hazardous Substances Registry is confidential and shall not be open to public inspection or dissemination and is exempt from disclosure under Section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act. The following data elements, alone or in combination, are confidential, shall not be open to public inspection or dissemination, and are exempt from disclosure under Section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act: name, social security number, street address, email address, telephone number, fax number, medical record number, certificate/license number, reporting source (unless permitted by the reporting facility), age (unless aggregated for 5 or more years, ZIP code (unless aggregated for 5 or more years), and diagnosis date (unless aggregated for one or more years for the entire State or for 3 or more years for a single county). The identity of any person or persons claimed to be derived from cancer registry data is not admissible in evidence, and no court shall require information to be produced in discovery if it determines that the information tends to lead to the identity of any person. Information for specific research purposes may be released in accordance with procedures established by the Department. Except as provided by rule, and as part of an epidemiologic investigation, an officer or employee of the Department may interview a patient named in a report made under this Act, or relatives of any such patient, only with the express written consent of the patient.
    (e) Hospitals, laboratories, other facilities or physicians shall not be held liable for the release of information or confidential data to the Department in accordance with this Act. The Department shall protect any information made confidential or privileged under law.
(Source: P.A. 95-941, eff. 8-29-08.)