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.
Birth Registration 101 Offered in March
OVR recommends that those who are new to registering births or have never been formally trained, attend Birth Registration 101. The class incorporates presentations from subject-matter experts with MR&C hands-on practice and discussion.
Register by emailing health.MRCAdmin@state.mn.us or contacting OVR at 651-201-5993 for one of the training sessions:
Tuesday, March 29 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at DHS Office, 444 Lafayette Road, St Paul, MN, 55155
Thursday, March 31 from Noon-4 p.m. at MDH Orville L. Freeman Building, 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, MN, 55155
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: 1.07MB/81 pages). 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: 222KB/11 pages).