(a) The department shall establish a statewide trauma registry and may establish other registries to collect and analyze data on the incidence, severity, and causes of trauma, including traumatic brain injury and other health care illnesses, such as stroke. The registries shall be used to improve the availability and delivery of pre-hospital or out-of-hospital care and hospital trauma or other health care services. Specific data elements of the registries shall be defined by rule of the department. Every health care facility that is designated by the department as a trauma or health care center shall furnish data to the registries. All other health care facilities shall furnish trauma or other health data as required by rule of the department.
(b) All data collected pursuant to this section shall be held confidential pursuant to state and federal laws, rules, and policies.