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Subchapter 001 : HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 9352)
§ 9352. Vermont Information Technology Leaders
(a)(1) Governance. The Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) Board of Directors shall consist of no fewer than nine nor more than 14 members. The term of each member shall be two years, except that of the members first appointed, approximately one-half shall serve a term of one year and approximately one-half shall serve a term of two years, and members shall continue to hold office until their successors have been duly appointed. The Board of Directors shall comprise the following:
(A) one member of the General Assembly, appointed jointly by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, who shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation and expense reimbursement pursuant to 2 V.S.A. § 406 as provided for attendance at sessions of the General Assembly;
(B) one individual appointed by the Governor;
(C) one representative of the business community;
(D) one representative of health care consumers;
(E) one representative of Vermont hospitals;
(F) one representative of Vermont physicians;
(G) one practicing clinician licensed to practice medicine in Vermont;
(H) one representative of a health insurer licensed to do business in Vermont;
(I) the President of VITL, who shall be an ex officio, nonvoting member;
(J) two individuals familiar with health information technology, at least one of whom shall be the chief technology officer for a health care provider; and
(K) two at-large members.
(2) Except for the members appointed pursuant to subdivisions (1)(A) and (B) of this subsection, whenever a vacancy on the Board occurs, the members of the Board of Directors then serving shall appoint a new member who shall meet the same criteria as the member he or she replaces.
(b) Conflict of interest. In carrying out their responsibilities under this section, Directors of VITL shall be subject to conflict of interest policies established by the Secretary of Administration to ensure that deliberations and decisions are fair and equitable.
(c)(1) Health information exchange operation. VITL shall be designated in the Health Information Technology Plan pursuant to section 9351 of this title to operate the exclusive statewide health information exchange network for this State. After the Green Mountain Care Board approves VITL's core activities and budget pursuant to chapter 220 of this title, the Secretary of Administration or designee shall enter into procurement grant agreements with VITL pursuant to 8 V.S.A. § 4089k. Nothing in this chapter shall impede local community providers from the exchange of electronic medical data.
(2) Notwithstanding any provision of 3 V.S.A. § 2222 or 2283b to the contrary, upon request of the Secretary of Administration, the Department of Information and Innovation shall review VITL's technology for security, privacy, and interoperability with State government information technology, consistent with the State's health information technology plan required by section 9351 of this title.
(d) Privacy. The standards and protocols implemented by VITL shall be consistent with those adopted by the statewide Health Information Technology Plan pursuant to subsection 9351(e) of this title.
(e) Report. No later than January 15 of each year, VITL shall file a report with the Secretary of Administration; the Commissioner of Information and Innovation; the Commissioner of Financial Regulation; the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access; the Secretary of Human Services; the Commissioner of Health; the Commissioner of Mental Health; the Commissioner of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living; the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare; and the House Committee on Health Care. The report shall include an assessment of progress in implementing health information technology in Vermont and recommendations for additional funding and legislation required. In addition, VITL shall publish minutes of VITL meetings and any other relevant information on a public website. The provisions of 2 V.S.A. § 20(d) (expiration of required reports) shall not apply to the report to be made under this subsection.
(f) Funding authorization. VITL is authorized to seek matching funds to assist with carrying out the purposes of this section. In addition, it may accept any and all donations, gifts, and grants of money, equipment, supplies, materials, and services from the federal or any local government, or any agency thereof, and from any person, firm, foundation, or corporation for any of its purposes and functions under this section and may receive and use the same, subject to the terms, conditions, and regulations governing such donations, gifts, and grants. VITL shall not use any State funds for health care consumer advertising, marketing, or similar services unless necessary to comply with the terms of a contract or grant that requires a contribution of State funds.
(g) Waivers. The Secretary of Administration or designee, in consultation with VITL, may seek any waivers of federal law, of rule, or of regulation that might assist with implementation of this section.
(i) Certification of meaningful use and connectivity.
(1) To the extent necessary to support Vermont's health care reform goals or as required by federal law, VITL shall be authorized to certify the meaningful use of health information technology and electronic health records by health care providers licensed in Vermont.
(2) VITL, in consultation with health care providers and health care facilities, shall establish criteria for creating or maintaining connectivity to the State's health information exchange network. VITL shall provide the criteria annually by March 1 to the Green Mountain Care Board established pursuant to chapter 220 of this title.
(j) Scope of activities. VITL and any person who serves as a member, director, officer, or employee of VITL with or without compensation shall not be considered a health care provider as defined in subdivision 9432(8) of this title for purposes of any action taken in good faith pursuant to or in reliance upon provisions of this section relating to VITL's:
(2) electronic exchange of health information and operation of the statewide Health Information Exchange Network as long as nothing in such exchange or operation constitutes the practice of medicine pursuant to 26 V.S.A. chapter 23 or 33;
(3) implementation of privacy provisions;
(4) funding authority;
(5) application for waivers of federal law;
(6) establishment and operation of a financing program providing electronic health records systems to providers; or
(7) certification of health care providers' meaningful use of health information technology. (Added 2009, No. 61, § 1; amended 2009, No. 67 (Adj. Sess.), § 108; 2009, No. 156 (Adj. Sess.), § I.26; 2011, No. 63, § G.104; 2011, No. 78 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 2, 2012; 2013, No. 79, § 34a, eff. June 7, 2013; 2013, No. 142 (Adj. Sess.), § 34; 2015, No. 54, § 9, eff. June 5, 2015; 2015, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § E.306.1.)