[photo, Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland] c/o Information Resources Management Admin., Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2399
(410) 767-3550; (410) 767-6860 (public information); 1-877-463-3464 (toll free, Maryland)
fax: (410) 333-5941; tdd: 1-800-735-2258 (toll free)

Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, November 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Appointed by Governor to 3-year terms:
Robert L. Baum, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor, 2-year term), 2004

Michael J. (Ben) Steffen, 2001; Terezie S. Bohrer, R.N., 2002.

Harry A. Brandt, M.D.; Jemima A. Kankam, M.D.; W. Sherod Williams, Ph.D. Terms expire 2004.

Toni A. Eason; Eric W. Ratliff, Sr.; Stephen P. Riggin, Jr. Terms expire 2005.

Martha Ann Knutson, Esq.; Thomas V. Monahan, Jr., Esq. Terms expire 2006.

Jeffrey F. Cramer, D.D.S.; Cecelia L. DiGiacomo; Eugene Jones, Jr.; Gina McKnight-Smith, Pharm.D. Terms expire 2007.

Robin M. Jacobs; Richard B. Weldon, Jr. Terms expire 2008.

Eleven vacancies.

Ex officio: Pamela T. Owens, designee of Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene

Staff: Brendan Clifford

Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Dec. 15 (Chapter 270, Acts of 2000; Code Health-General Article, sec. 4-3A-05).

In July 2000, the State Advisory Council on Medical Privacy and Confidentiality was authorized (Chapter 270, Acts of 2000). The Council advised the General Assembly on emerging issues in the area of confidentiality of medical records. In doing so, the Council monitored federal law and regulations concerning this area, and health care information technology, telemedicine, and provider and patient communication. It also was authorized to hold hearings.

Medical databases and the electronic transmission of data as they relate to patient confidentiality were studied by the Council, along with provider "best practices" for supporting patient confidentiality. In addition, the Council facilitated dissemination of information on, and compliance with, federal standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information.

The Council studied the issue of patient or person-in-interest notification subsequent to certain changes in custody of medical records. Such changes would include the transfer of records following transfer of ownership of a health care practice; the death, retirement, or change in employment of a health care practitioner; or the sale, dissolution or bankruptcy of a corporation which has ownership interests or possession of medical records (Code Health-General Article, secs. 4-3A-01 through 4-3A-05).

The Council last met in March 2006, and was abolished in 2009 (Chapter 656, Acts of 2009).

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