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Mass. Gen. Laws. Ann. ch. 111, §24M - Computerized immunization registry

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“Computerized immunization registry”
The Department must establish, maintain and operate a computerized immunization registry. The registry must record immunizations and immunization history with identifying information.  The department is responsible for making rules and regulations to implement the immunization registry. These rules must include appropriate controls to protect the security of the system and the privacy of the information. Health care providers administering vaccinations must discuss the reporting procedures of the immunization registry with the persons receiving the vaccinations.
Immunization information can only be released from the immunization registry to the following individuals and agencies without further express consent of the individual  unless the individual objects to such disclosure: (1) licensed health care providers providing direct care to the individual patient; (2) elementary and secondary school nurses and registration officials who require proof of immunization for school enrollment and disease control; (3) local boards of health for disease prevention and control; (4) Women Infants and Children, or WIC, nutrition program staff who administer WIC benefits to eligible infants and children; and (5) staff of state agencies or state programs whose duties include education and outreach related to the improvement of immunization coverage rates among their clients.
Persons authorized by the commissioner may conduct research studies. The researcher must submit a written request for information and execute a research agreement that protects the confidentiality of the information provided.The department may enter into collaborative agreements with registries of other states and exchange individual or group information provided that maximum protections are afforded the confidentiality of citizens of the commonwealth in accordance with state law.Information contained in the immunization registry shall be confidential, not constitute a public record and  not otherwise be disclosed except in accordance with this section. Such confidential information shall not be subject to subpoena or court order, and shall not be admissible as evidence in any action of any kind before a court, tribunal, agency, board or person.

Current as of June 2015