Authority & Protections

K.S.A. 65-177 provides authority for the KDHE to conduct studies to reduce morbidity or mortality; all data shall be treated as confidential. Interviewing patients or family members must be done pursuant to K.S.A. 65-2422d. Provides authority for non-identifying aggregate statistical and narrative reports/publications.

K.S.A. 65-2422d authorizes the secretary to use birth, death and still birth certificates as identifiable data for purposes of maternal and child health surveillance and monitoring. The secretary or the secretary’s designee may interview individuals for purposes of maternal and child health surveillance and monitoring only with an approval of the health and environmental institutional review board as provided in title 45, part 46 of the code of federal regulations