Maryland Code, Health - General 18-109
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Current as of: 2010
(a) (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) "Authorized user" means:
(i) A child care facility;
(ii) A health care provider;
(iii) A health insurer;
(iv) A health maintenance organization;
(v) An institution of higher learning;
(vi) A local health department;
(vii) A long–term care facility;
(viii) A managed care organization;
(ix) A nonprofit health service plan;
(x) A patient;
(xi) A school;
(xii) A school–based health center;
(xiii) In the case of a minor child, a parent or guardian; and
(xiv) Any other user designated by the Secretary.
(3) "ImmuNet" means a computerized information and reminder system to:
(i) Improve the timely and appropriate delivery of immunizations;
(ii) Provide a coordinated network for reminder notices when immunizations are due;
(iii) Provide and collect information to be shared by authorized users; and
(iv) Provide a quality indicator for the insurers’ health care provider practices and public health purposes.
(4) "Refusal to permit" means the right of an individual or the parent or guardian of a minor to prevent disclosure to authorized users of individual identifiable information that was reported to ImmuNet.
(b) There is an ImmuNet program in the Department.
(c) Subject to subsection (d) of this section, an authorized user may use the information in ImmuNet for the following purposes:
(1) To provide coordinated immunization services, including sending reminder notices to individuals who need immunizations;
(2) To obtain an individual immunization history;
(3) To identify geographic areas or population groups that are under–immunized;
(4) To compile aggregate data and distribute statistical reports on the status of immunizations in geographic areas and population groups;
(5) To assist in the management of State and local immunization programs;
(6) To monitor the safety of vaccines;
(7) To assess compliance with immunization requirements by monitoring admissions to schools, institutions
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