Citations Affected: IC 16-38-4-8.
Synopsis: Birth defects registry. Requires the state department of
health to: (1) inform parents of children with birth problems about
physicians and local community resources; (2) implement an education
program to assist specified individuals in reporting birth problems; (3)
review the birth records of a newborn with birth problems to verify the
accuracy of the information; and (4) consult with specified persons to
analyze collected birth problems data to implement policies concerning
identification and prevention of birth problems. (The introduced
version of this bill was prepared by the health finance commission.)
Effective: July 1, 2002.
January 7, 2002, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
, AS AMENDED BY P.L.93-2001,
SECTION 5, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2002]: Sec. 8. (a) The state department shall establish a birth
problems registry for the purpose of recording all cases of birth
problems that occur in Indiana residents and compiling necessary and
appropriate information concerning those cases, as determined by the
state department, in order to:
(1) conduct epidemiologic and environmental studies and to apply appropriate preventive and control measures;
(2) inform the parents of children with birth problems at the time of discharge from the hospital about physicians, care facilities and appropriate community resources, including local step ahead agencies and the infants and toddlers with disabilities program (IC 12-17-15); or
(3) inform citizens regarding programs designed to prevent or reduce birth problems.
(b) The state department shall record in the birth problems registry: