IPRO Authors Analyze Birth Registry Data

Experts at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and in IPRO’s Managed Care Department have co-authored an article that takes a critical look at current practices and potential barriers to accurate and complete data collection by birth registrars at hospitals across the state of New York. In a 2013 survey of 127 hospital-based birth registrars conducted by IPRO on behalf of NYSDOH, only 53 percent of respondents indicated that their facilities provide registration training and only 26 percent reported medical or clinical background as a requirement for registrars. The study, “Barriers in Accurate and Complete Birth Registration in New York State” appeared February 5, 2015 in the online edition of Maternal and Child Health Journal published by Springer. Thomas A. Melnik of the NYSDOH is principle author, and IPRO co-authors are Cemile G. Guldal, Jeanne Alicandro, MD and Paul Henfield. For more information, visit the Journal website at http://link.springer.com/journal/10995