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Chronic disease surveillance system; confidentiality; immunity, A.R.S. § 36-133

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“Chronic disease surveillance system; confidentiality; immunity; violation; classification”
The department of health services (“department”) must implement and oversee a chronic disease surveillance system. This system must include a chronic disease information system, provide assistance to hospital cancer registries, help improve the quality of disease information, monitor disease incidence patterns, identify high risk populations, identify regions of Arizona that require public health intervention, and include a data management system. The chronic disease surveillance system must focus on cancer and birth defects, but the director of the department of health services has discretion to include other chronic diseases. 
The department may release surveillance data for research regarding the sources and causes of chronic disease or for evaluations regarding the cost, quality, and efficacy of chronic disease treatment and prevention programs. The department may also use surveillance data to notify families of children with birth defects of available services.
Individually identifiable information housed within the system is confidential. Persons that disclose such information without authorization are criminally liable for a class 3 misdemeanor.