In this report, industry leaders identify short- and long-term solutions to snags in the vital statistics supply chain. The end goal? Transform the national vital statistics system so that it churns out faster, cleaner data and arms users with the information necessary to address our country’s public health challenges.  

April 1, 2013

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why vital records are important.

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    Why the current vital statistics supply chain is so slow.

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    What the ideal national vital statistics system looks like.

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    Short- and long-term goals for improving data reporting.

Key Takeaway

The release of national data is only as timely as the slowest reporting jurisdiction

The National Center for Health Statistics must receive vital events data from 57 different jurisdictions before it can produce and promote the nation’s official vital statistics. This massive undertaking sometimes takes years to execute, leaving data users — including health care providers, public health professionals, scientists and policymakers — with outdated statistics that may not accurately capture current health trends or intervention efforts.

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