March 15, 2017

Vital records are called "vital" for a reason, providing critical information on important life events including births and deaths. These data are used to monitor and improve public health and support administrative functions that prevent fraud, waste, and abuse. Despite the persistent need for more...

March 15, 2017

By Patricia W. Potrzebowski, PhD. Dr. Potrzebowski is the Executive Director of NAPHSIS—the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems

Vital statistics on important life events including births and deaths enable us to monitor prevalence of disease and overall health stat...

March 15, 2017

Dr. Potrzebowski is the Executive Director of NAPHSIS.

Like all jurisdictions, North Carolina is doing all it can to move from "good to great" in vital records—striving to meet increasing demands for more, better, faster vital records data from the user community. As you all know well, it's often eas...

March 15, 2017

Dr. Potrzebowski is the Executive Director of NAPHSIS.

On March 15, CBS News' 60 Minutes aired a segment on the fatal flaws of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Death Master File (DMF) and the dire consequences of inadequate and inaccurate death reporting. In "Dead or Alive," correspondent S...

March 15, 2017

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee—

The National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) welcomes the opportunity to provide the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs this written statement for the record on vital records and specific...

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