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(a) The commissioner of health shall develop and maintain a database on health services
personnel. The commissioner shall use this information to assist local communities and units
of state government to develop plans for the recruitment and retention of health personnel.
Information collected in the database must include, but is not limited to, data on levels of
educational preparation, specialty, and place of employment. The commissioner may collect
information through the registration and licensure systems of the state health licensing boards.
(b) Health professionals who report their practice or place of employment address to the
commissioner of health under section 144.052 may request in writing that their practice or
place of employment address be classified as private data on individuals, as defined in section
13.02, subdivision 12. The commissioner shall grant the classification upon receipt of a signed
statement by the health professional that the classification is required for the safety of the health
professional, if the statement also provides a valid, existing address where the health professional
consents to receive service of process. The commissioner shall use the mailing address in place
of the practice or place of employment address in all documents available to the general public.
The practice or place of employment address and any information provided in the classification
request, other than the mailing address, are private data on individuals and may be provided
to other state agencies. The practice or place of employment address may be used to develop
summary reports that show in aggregate the distribution of health care providers in Minnesota.
History: 1992 c 549 art 5 s 11; 1994 c 625 art 8 s 39

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