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EXECUTIVE BRANCH
(20 ILCS 3860/) Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act.

20 ILCS 3860/1

    (20 ILCS 3860/1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10.)

20 ILCS 3860/5

    (20 ILCS 3860/5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. Health information technology improves the quality of patient care, increases the efficiency of health care practices, improves safety, and reduces healthcare errors. The State of Illinois has an interest in encouraging the adoption of a health information system to improve the safety, quality, and value of health care, to protect and keep health information secure, and to use the health information exchange system to advance and meet population health goals. To ensure that the benefits of health information technology are available to the consumers of Illinois and to encourage greater patient participation in health care decisions, the State must provide a framework for the exchange of health information and encourage the widespread adoption of electronic health systems and the use of electronic health records among health care providers and patients. The creation of a State-level health information exchange system will allow, among other benefits, the widespread utilization of electronic health records by health care providers and patients in order to ensure that Illinois' health care providers can achieve the meaningful use of electronic records, as defined by federal law, and participate fully in the health information technology incentives available from the federal government under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10.)

20 ILCS 3860/10

    (20 ILCS 3860/10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 10. Creation of the Health Information Exchange Authority. There is hereby created the Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority ("Authority"), which is hereby constituted as an instrumentality and an administrative agency of the State of Illinois.
    As part of its program to promote, develop, and sustain health information exchange at the State level, the Authority shall do the following:
        (1) Establish the Illinois Health Information
    
Exchange ("ILHIE"), to promote and facilitate the sharing of health information among health care providers within Illinois and in other states. ILHIE shall be an entity operated by the Authority to serve as a State-level electronic medical records exchange providing for the transfer of health information, medical records, and other health data in a secure environment for the benefit of patient care, patient safety, reduction of duplicate medical tests, reduction of administrative costs, and any other benefits deemed appropriate by the Authority.
        (2) Foster the widespread adoption of electronic
    
health records and participation in the ILHIE.
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10.)

20 ILCS 3860/15

    (20 ILCS 3860/15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 15. Governance of the Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority.
    (a) The Authority shall consist of and be governed by one Executive Director and 8 directors who are hereby authorized to carry out the provisions of this Act and to exercise the powers conferred under this Act.
    (b) The Executive Director and 8 directors shall be appointed to 3-year staggered terms by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Of the members first appointed after the effective date of this Act, 3 shall be appointed for a term of one year, 3 shall be appointed for a term of 2 years, and 3 shall be appointed for a term of 3 years. The Executive Director and directors may serve successive terms and, in the event the term of the Executive Director or a director expires, he or she shall serve in the expired term until a new Executive Director or director is appointed and qualified. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as original appointments. The Governor may remove a director or the Executive Director for incompetency, dereliction of duty, malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office or any other good cause. The Executive Director shall be compensated at an annual salary of 75% of the salary of the Governor.
    (c) The Executive Director and directors shall be chosen with due regard to broad geographic representation and shall be representative of a broad spectrum of health care providers and stakeholders, including representatives from any of the following fields or groups: health care consumers, consumer advocates, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, hospitals, federally qualified health centers as defined in Section 1905(l)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act and any subsequent amendments thereto, health plans or third-party payors, employers, long-term care providers, pharmacists, State and local public health entities, outpatient diagnostic service providers, behavioral health providers, home health agency organizations, health professional schools in Illinois, health information technology, or health information research.
    (d) The directors of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Department of Insurance and the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services, or their designees, and a designee of the Office of the Governor, shall serve as ex-officio members of the Authority.
    (e) The Authority is authorized to conduct its business by a majority of the appointed members. The Authority may adopt bylaws in order to conduct meetings. The bylaws may permit the Authority to meet by telecommunication or electronic communication.
    (f) The Authority shall appoint an Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority Advisory Committee ("Advisory Committee") with representation from any of the fields or groups listed in subsection (c) of this Section. The purpose of the Advisory Committee shall be to advise and provide recommendations to the Authority regarding the ILHIE. The Advisory Committee members shall serve 2-year terms. The Authority may establish other advisory committees and subcommittees to conduct the business of the Authority.
    (g) Directors of the Authority, members of the Advisory Committee, and any other advisory committee and subcommittee members may be reimbursed for ordinary and contingent travel and meeting expenses for their service at the rate approved for State employee travel.
(Source: P.A. 99-581, eff. 1-1-17.)

20 ILCS 3860/20

    (20 ILCS 3860/20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 20. Powers and duties of the Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority. The Authority has the following powers, together with all powers incidental or necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Act:
        (1) The Authority shall create and administer the
    
ILHIE using information systems and processes that are secure, are cost effective, and meet all other relevant privacy and security requirements under State and federal law.
        (2) The Authority shall establish and adopt
    
standards and requirements for the use of health information and the requirements for participation in the ILHIE by persons or entities including, but not limited to, health care providers, payors, and local health information exchanges.
        (3) The Authority shall establish minimum standards
    
for accessing the ILHIE to ensure that the appropriate security and privacy protections apply to health information, consistent with applicable federal and State standards and laws. The Authority shall have the power to suspend, limit, or terminate the right to participate in the ILHIE for non-compliance or failure to act, with respect to applicable standards and laws, in the best interests of patients, users of the ILHIE, or the public. The Authority may seek all remedies allowed by law to address any violation of the terms of participation in the ILHIE.
        (4) The Authority shall identify barriers to the
    
adoption of electronic health records systems, including researching the rates and patterns of dissemination and use of electronic health record systems throughout the State. The Authority shall make the results of the research available on its website.
        (5) The Authority shall prepare educational
    
materials and educate the general public on the benefits of electronic health records, the ILHIE, and the safeguards available to prevent unauthorized disclosure of health information.
        (6) The Authority may appoint or designate an
    
institutional review board in accordance with federal and State law to review and approve requests for research in order to ensure compliance with standards and patient privacy and security protections as specified in paragraph (3) of this Section.
        (7) The Authority may enter into all contracts and
    
agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its powers under this Act. The Authority's expenditures of private funds are exempt from the Illinois Procurement Code, pursuant to Section 1-10 of that Act. Notwithstanding this exception, the Authority shall comply with the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act.
        (8) The Authority may solicit and accept grants,
    
loans, contributions, or appropriations from any public or private source and may expend those moneys, through contracts, grants, loans, or agreements, on activities it considers suitable to the performance of its duties under this Act.
        (9) The Authority may determine, charge, and
    
collect any fees, charges, costs, and expenses from any healthcare provider or entity in connection with its duties under this Act. Moneys collected under this paragraph (9) shall be deposited into the Health Information Exchange Fund.
        (10) The Authority may, under the direction of the
    
Executive Director, employ and discharge staff, including administrative, technical, expert, professional, and legal staff, as is necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of this Act. The Authority may establish and administer standards of classification regarding compensation, benefits, duties, performance, and tenure for that staff and may enter into contracts of employment with members of that staff for such periods and on such terms as the Authority deems desirable. All employees of the Authority are exempt from the Personnel Code as provided by Section 4 of the Personnel Code.
        (11) The Authority shall consult and coordinate
    
with the Department of Public Health to further the Authority's collection of health information from health care providers for public health purposes. The collection of public health information shall include identifiable information for use by the Authority or other State agencies to comply with State and federal laws. Any identifiable information so collected shall be privileged and confidential in accordance with Sections 8-2101, 8-2102, 8-2103, 8-2104, and 8-2105 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
        (12) All identified or deidentified health
    
information in the form of health data or medical records contained in, stored in, submitted to, transferred by, or released from the Illinois Health Information Exchange, and identified or deidentified health information in the form of health data and medical records of the Illinois Health Information Exchange in the possession of the Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority due to its administration of the Illinois Health Information Exchange, shall be exempt from inspection and copying under the Freedom of Information Act. The terms "identified" and "deidentified" shall be given the same meaning as in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191, or any subsequent amendments thereto, and any regulations promulgated thereunder.
        (13) To address gaps in the adoption of, workforce
    
preparation for, and exchange of electronic health records that result in regional and socioeconomic disparities in the delivery of care, the Authority may evaluate such gaps and provide resources as available, giving priority to healthcare providers serving a significant percentage of Medicaid or uninsured patients and in medically underserved or rural areas.
(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 100-391, eff. 8-25-17.)

20 ILCS 3860/25

    (20 ILCS 3860/25)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 25. Health Information Exchange Fund.
    (a) The Health Information Exchange Fund (the "Fund") is created as a separate fund outside the State treasury. Moneys in the Fund are not subject to appropriation by the General Assembly. The State Treasurer shall be ex-officio custodian of the Fund. Revenues arising from the operation and administration of the Authority and the ILHIE shall be deposited into the Fund. Fees, charges, State and federal moneys, grants, donations, gifts, interest, or other moneys shall be deposited into the Fund. "Private funds" means gifts, donations, and private grants.
    (b) The Authority is authorized to spend moneys in the Fund on activities suitable to the performance of its duties as provided in Section 20 of this Act and authorized by this Act. Disbursements may be made from the Fund for purposes related to the operations and functions of the Authority and the ILHIE.
    (c) The Illinois General Assembly may appropriate moneys to the Authority and the ILHIE, and those moneys shall be deposited into the Fund.
    (d) The Fund is not subject to administrative charges or charge-backs, including but not limited to those authorized under Section 8h of the State Finance Act.
    (e) The Authority's accounts and books shall be set up and maintained in accordance with the Office of the Comptroller's requirements, and the Authority's Executive Director shall be responsible for the approval of recording of receipts, approval of payments, and proper filing of required reports. The moneys held and made available by the Authority shall be subject to financial and compliance audits by the Auditor General in compliance with the Illinois State Auditing Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10.)

20 ILCS 3860/30

    (20 ILCS 3860/30)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 30. Participation in health information systems maintained by State agencies.
    (a) By no later than January 1, 2015, each State agency that implements, acquires, or upgrades health information technology systems shall use health information technology systems and products that meet minimum standards adopted by the Authority for accessing the ILHIE. State agencies that have health information which supports and develops the ILHIE shall provide access to patient-specific data to complete the patient record at the ILHIE. Notwithstanding any other provision of State law, the State agencies shall provide patient-specific data to the ILHIE.
    (b) Participation in the ILHIE shall have no impact on the content of or use or disclosure of health information of patient participants that is held in locations other than the ILHIE. Nothing in this Act shall limit or change an entity's obligation to exchange health information in accordance with applicable federal and State laws and standards.
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10.)

20 ILCS 3860/35

    (20 ILCS 3860/35)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 35. Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. The provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act are hereby expressly adopted and shall apply to all administrative rules and procedures of the Authority, except that Section 5-35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act relating to procedures for rulemaking does not apply to the adoption of any rule required by federal law when the Authority is precluded by that law from exercising any discretion regarding that rule.
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10.)

20 ILCS 3860/40

    (20 ILCS 3860/40)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 40. Reliance on data. Any health care provider who relies in good faith upon any information provided through the ILHIE in his, her, or its treatment of a patient shall be immune from criminal or civil liability or professional discipline arising from any damages caused by such good faith reliance. This immunity does not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross negligence or reckless, wanton, or intentional misconduct. Notwithstanding this provision, the Authority does not waive any immunities provided under State or federal law.
(Source: P.A. 98-1046, eff. 1-1-15.)

20 ILCS 3860/900

    (20 ILCS 3860/900)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 900. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10; text omitted.)

20 ILCS 3860/905

    (20 ILCS 3860/905)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 905. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10; text omitted.)

20 ILCS 3860/910

    (20 ILCS 3860/910)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 910. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10; text omitted.)

20 ILCS 3860/995

    (20 ILCS 3860/995)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 995. Severability. If any provision of this Act or application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of this Act which can be given effect without the invalid application or provision, and to this end the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable.
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10.)

20 ILCS 3860/999

    (20 ILCS 3860/999)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2021)
    Sec. 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 96-1331, eff. 7-27-10.)