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CDC/NCHS have collaborated with the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems and other vital records stakeholders to develop several projects at Health Level Seven International (HL7) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) that can serve as the foundation for standardizing electronic data transport/exchange of vital record events. CDC/NCHS also initiated the development of the HL7 Public Health Functional Profile project with the contractual support of the Public Health Data Standards Consortium, to identify functional requirements and conformance criteria for public health clinical information collection, management and exchanges as they apply to various public health programs.
The panel will outline the vital records needs and priorities for Health Information Technology (HIT) and describe Vital Records in the HL7 PH Functional Profile that identifies the functional requirements needed in an EHR to support data transport/exchange and interoperability between EHR systems and vital records systems. It will also describe the IHE US extension of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) profile to specify a technical framework for developing interoperable systems that will support electronic capture of EHR system data and transmission of this data to vital records systems.