The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) is the steward of several data resources for the State of Vermont, including the Vermont Health Care Uniform Reporting and Evaluation System (VHCURES) and the Vermont Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (VUHDDS). These data resources support a number of State responsibilities and activities in health care regulation, evaluation, and innovation. Vermont law (18 V.S.A. § 9410) also specifies that, to the extent allowed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), information from VHCURES is to be made available to a broader public to the extent permissible under federal and state laws addressing privacy of personal and economic information.
From Principle 6 of the Data Governance Council Data Stewardship Principles and Policies:
6.1 State Agencies will be allowed to use the data “at cost.”
a) Agencies will be charged for data access/use to cover the actual cost of maintaining VHCURES.
b) The Board will establish and report on and established costs an annual basis.
6.2 The Board reserves the right to charge fees for use of the data for general purpose research.
a) The GMCB may collect revenue from these uses beyond the actual costs of operating VHCURES to ensure that Vermonters benefit from the use of their data for general research.
6.3 The Board will limit the release of data, even when reimbursed, to uses that benefit the general public good.
a) The Board may bring in revenue from the use of VHCURES data, but the purpose of the data is still to serve the public good.
b) The benefit to Vermonters will be financial in cases where the public good element is not specific to Vermont.
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