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144.6581 DETERMINATION OF WHETHER DATA IDENTIFIES INDIVIDUALS.
The commissioner of health may: (1) withhold access to health or epidemiologic data if
the commissioner determines the data are data on an individual, as defined in section 13.02,
subdivision 5
; or (2) grant access to health or epidemiologic data, if the commissioner determines
the data are summary data as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 19. In the exercise of this
discretion, the commissioner shall consider whether the data requested, alone or in combination,
may constitute information from which an individual subject of data may be identified using
epidemiologic methods. In making this determination, the commissioner shall consider disease
incidence, associated risk factors for illness, and similar factors unique to the data by which
it could be linked to a specific subject of the data. This discretion is limited to health or
epidemiologic data maintained by the commissioner of health or a board of health, as defined
in section 145A.02.
History: 1993 c 351 s 26