Health Policy Programs/Offices
Organization Chart (PDF)
The Minnesota Department of Health administers the Adverse Health Care Events Reporting System that requires all Minnesota hospitals,ambulatory surgical centers, and regional treatment centers to report whenever one of
28 serious reportable events
A "health care home," also called a "medical home," is an approach to primary care in which primary care providers, families and patients work in partnership to improve health outcomes and quality of life for individuals with chronic health conditions and disabilities.
The Center for Health Care Purchasing Improvement supports the state in efforts to be a more prudent health care purchaser, and currently leads public/private efforts to reduce administrative costs in the health care system.
The Health Economics Program conducts applied policy analysis and research on Minnesota's health care marketplace with a focus on health care quality, cost, and coverage issues.
The Office of Health Information Technology directs programs and collaborates with stakeholders to accelerate the statewide adoption and use of electronic health records and other health information technology across the health care spectrum.
Rural Health and Primary Care works to safeguard the quality and availability of health care in rural and underserved urban areas. It manages the Minnesota Trauma System and the Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) program.
The Office of the State Registrar registers all births and deaths in Minnesota through a centralized electronic system. The Father's Adoption Registry allows possible biological, but not as yet legal, fathers to receive notice of pending adoption proceedings for their children.