Birth and Fetal Death Registration Information for Hospital Staff

This web page provides information to hospital staff about the birth and fetal death registration process in Minnesota.

It is the responsibility of the State Registrar to maintain a statewide system of vital statistics, including the electronic registration of all births and deaths that occur in Minnesota according to Minnesota Statutes, sections 144.211-144.227, and Minnesota Rules, chapter 4601.

Of Interest

Minnesota eVitals Initiative
The Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records (OVR) recently collaborated with national and other Minnesota state agencies to test and evaluate secure, automatic data exchange from electronic health records to birth records. The goal of this initiative is to improve the accuracy and timeliness of birth data used for public health.

This innovative project used internationally recognized standards to move selected birth data directly from the source at a hospital to the birth record at the state, without requiring a person to review and enter data into a separate system. We are grateful for the support of the advisory group and for the foresight and intensive assistance we received from Unity Hospital in Fridley and Essentia Health.

A detailed description of this project and findings are available in: Minnesota e-Birth Records Project: Assessing Readiness for e-Birth Records Standards(CDC/NCHS) (PDF). A progress update on recent activities to improve the readiness of e-Birth records standards since the publication of the original report in April 2014 may be found here: Minnesota Readiness Assessment Addendum Report (PDF).