BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend § 1212, Title 16 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:
§ 1212. Disclosure of protected health information.
(d) Disclosure without informed consent. — Protected health information may be disclosed without the informed consent of the individual who is the subject of the information where such disclosures are made:
(12) To the Drug Overdose Fatality Review
Commission. Commission; or
(13) To the Prescription Monitoring Program.
Section 2. Amend § 4798, Title 16 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:
§ 4798. The Delaware Prescription Monitoring Program.
(b) Definitions. —
(14) “Public health surveillance” means the continuous, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data needed for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health practice. Public health surveillance may be used for all of the following purposes:
a. An early warning system for impending public health emergencies.
b. To document the impact of an intervention.
c. To track progress towards specified goals.
d. Monitor and clarify the epidemiology of health problems.
e. Establish public health priorities.
f. Inform public health policy and strategies.
(c) The Office of Controlled Substances shall establish and maintain a PMP program to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of all Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances by prescribers in this State, and to research the prescribing and dispensing of drugs of concern. The PMP
shall must not interfere with the legal use of a controlled substance or drug of concern. The PMP shall be may be used for the following purposes:
Used to provide Provide information to prescribers, dispensers, and patients to help avoid the illegal use of controlled substances; substances.
Used to assist Assist law enforcement to investigate illegal activity related to the prescribing, dispensing dispensing, and consumption of controlled substances or drugs of concern; and concern.
Designed Effectuate the collection and storage of prescription monitoring information in a manner designed to minimize inconvenience to patients and prescribing medical practitioners while effectuating the collection and storage of prescription monitoring information.
(4) Assist the State Epidemiologist in public health surveillance for the purpose of reducing the burden of disease around substance use disorder.
(l ) The Office of Controlled Substances shall maintain procedures to ensure that the privacy and confidentiality of patients and patient information collected, recorded, transmitted, and maintained is not disclosed, except as provided for in this section.
(2) The Office of Controlled Substances may provide data in the prescription monitoring program in the form of a report to the following persons:
l. l. The PMP Advisory Committee. Committee and the Addiction Action Committee, including identified prescriber and dispenser information. Information provided under this paragraph (l)(2)l. of this section is not a public record under § 10002 of Title 29.
(o) The Office of Controlled Substances shall design and implement an evaluation component to identify cost-benefits of the Prescription Monitoring Program, including its effect on diversion and abuse of controlled substances and drugs of concern, and other information relevant to policy, research and education involving controlled substances and drugs of concern monitored by the Prescription Monitoring Program.
(3) The Office of Controlled Substances shall provide data in the PMP in the form of a report to the Office of the State Epidemiologist in the Division of Public Health, for the purpose of reviewing and analyzing public health surveillance data related to drug overdoses.
Section 3. Amend § 9706, Title 16 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:
§ 9706. Office of Emergency Medical Services — Additional functions.
(j) The Director of the Division of Public Health shall have the authority to promulgate rules, in consultation with the Delaware Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council and the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation, to combine emergency medical services data and emergency department data about non-fatal overdoses with data from the Prescription Monitoring Program database.
Approved September 10, 2018