The bill requires the department of public health and environment (department) to create and administer a statewide electronic system (system) that allows qualified individuals to upload and access advance medical directives.
The bill defines an advance medical directive as a directive concerning medical orders for scope of treatment and requires the department to contract with one or more health information organization networks for the administration and maintenance of the system. The bill also requires the department to promulgate rules to administer the system.
The bill clarifies that it is the responsibility of the adult whose medical treatment is the subject of the advance medical directive, or the authorized surrogate decision-maker, to ensure that the advance medical directive uploaded to the system is current and accurate.
The bill does not allow for any civil or criminal liability or regulatory sanctions for any emergency personnel, health care provider, health care facility, or any other person that complies with a legally executed advance medical directive that is accessed from the system.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)