Modernizing Medical Examiner and Coroner Data Systems

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What data modernization is and why it matters
Data modernization refers to the reshaping of data to create modern, integrated, and real-time data systems. More timely and accurate data facilitate health surveillance that can protect us all from any health threat. It is not just about technology, but about putting the right people, processes, and policies in place. The goal is to move from siloed data systems to connected, resilient, adaptable, and sustainable systems that can help solve problems before they happen and reduce the harm caused by the problems that do happen.

For the Medicolegal Death Investigation (MDI) Office:

  • Reduced data entry efforts for death certification process
  • Reduced effort exchanging data with others, such as NVDRS, organ procurement organizations, state health departments
  • Increase access to data for office functioning and research
  • Allow comparisons with other MDI offices who have adopted the MDI data standard

For users of Medicolegal Death Investigation data:

  • Increased timeliness and reduced effort for data exchange
  • Standard data elements from MDI offices
Technical resources and tools for MDI modernization
Other resources
From early data modernization implementers

“One of the most exciting things that we have been involved in this year is interoperability solutions with vital records. We have streamlined the process of certifying death certificates. We put in the death certificate information into our case management system. There is one button you click and you finalize the death certificate.”
Gail Parker, Office Manager, DeKalb Co. Georgia Medical Examiners Office

“The collaboration across organizations resulted in something greater than ​the individual parts and is a ​model for death certification.”​
R. Ross Reichard, M.D., ​Chief Medical Examiner & Forensic Pathologist, Southern Minnesota Regional ME Office

“There is much value in gaining interoperability. Information does not have to be retyped into the electronic death registration system. Since going live, we have had zero internal clerical-based death certificate amendments, which is huge for us. Another major benefit is that our QA review is being done in real-time instead of quarterly. This changes has allowed access to accurate real-time data that can be pulled on demand.”
Monica Kendall​,  Death Investigations Supervisor​, Southern Minnesota Regional ME Office​