Title 26 Chapter 9f Section 103

Utah Health Code
Utah Digital Health Service Commission Act
Section 103
Utah Digital Health Service Commission.


26-9f-103.   Utah Digital Health Service Commission.

            (1) There is created within the department the Utah Digital Health Service Commission.

            (2) The governor shall appoint 12 members to the commission with the consent of the Senate, as follows:

            (a) a physician who is involved in digital health service;

            (b) a representative of a licensed health care facility or system as defined in Section 26-21-2;

            (c) a representative of rural Utah, which may be a person nominated by an advisory committee on rural health issues created pursuant to Section 26-1-20;

            (d) a member of the public who is not involved with digital health service;

            (e) a nurse who is involved in digital health service; and

            (f) seven members who fall into one or more of the following categories:

            (i) individuals who use digital health service in a public or private institution;

            (ii) individuals who use digital health service in serving medically underserved populations;

            (iii) nonphysician health care providers involved in digital health service;

            (iv) information technology professionals involved in digital health service;

            (v) representatives of the health insurance industry; and

            (vi) telehealth digital health service consumer advocates.

            (3) (a) The commission shall annually elect a chairperson from its membership. The chairperson shall report to the executive director of the department.

            (b) The commission shall hold meetings at least once every three months. Meetings may be held from time to time on the call of the chair or a majority of the board members.

            (c) Six commission members are necessary to constitute a quorum at any meeting and, if a quorum exists, the action of a majority of members present shall be the action of the commission.

            (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), a commission member shall be appointed for a three-year term and eligible for two reappointments.

            (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(a), the governor shall, at the time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of commission members are staggered so that approximately 1/3 of the commission is appointed each year.

            (c) A commission member shall continue in office until the expiration of the member's term and until a successor is appointed, which may not exceed 90 days after the formal expiration of the term.

            (d) Notwithstanding Subsection (4)(c), a commission member who fails to attend 75% of the scheduled meetings in a calendar year shall be disqualified from serving.

            (e) When a vacancy occurs in membership for any reason, the replacement shall be appointed for the unexpired term.

            (5) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but, at the executive director's discretion, may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:

            (a) Section 63A-3-106;

            (b) Section 63A-3-107; and

            (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107.

            (6) The department shall provide informatics staff support to the commission.

            (7) The funding of the commission shall be a separate line item to the department in the annual appropriations act.

Amended by Chapter 286, 2010 General Session