Today I signed HB1343 (ACT 210) into law which appropriates funds to establish a Business Recovery Center within the Department of Defense. The recovery center is an online website where businesses and government agencies collaborate and coordinate information and resources before, during and after a natural disaster.
HB 467 (ACT 212) and HB 589 (ACT 211) were signed into law today. HB 467 requires birthing facilities to screen newborns for critical congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry prior to discharging infants from the hospital or birthing center, making Hawaii the 42nd State to require this. HB589 establishes a state stroke data registry and requires hospitals to report stroke patient data and will help to improve the system’s response to and quality care of stroke patients.