Division of Public Health Office of Health Informatics
The Office of Health Informatics has a primary responsibility to collect,
maintain and provide vital records for the citizens of the state; to collect, protect, disseminate and
analyze health care and
population-based health data needed to conduct critical state business;
and to integrate and manage major public health-related information systems.
The Office includes three sections: State Registrar/Vital Records, Health
Analytics, and Informatics Architecture.
- The State Registrar/Vital Records Section carries out state vital
statistics functions as established in Chapter 69, Wisconsin Statutes. The
Internal Operations Unit manages all vital records system operations
registers all vital events: births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages,
divorces, declarations of domestic partnership, and terminations of
domestic partnership. The External Operations Unit trains
and supports vital records business partners in birthing hospitals,
birthing centers, funeral homes, coroner and medical examiner offices,
and county offices to assure that field operations are consistent with
vital records policies and that procedures are followed uniformly throughout the state. The Customer and
Special Services Unit provides all public customer services; for example, copies of vital records; it also
manages all other special services.
- The Health Analytics Section provides analysis of health
data, including linked data bases and reports, based on its data
collection systems and other data sources. The section maintains the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System
(cancer registry), the
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), and the Wisconsin Violent Death Reporting System; and
conducts two population surveys, the Behavioral Risk Factor
Survey and the
Family Health Survey. The section provides demographic data and constructs
The section also provides data on health care providers and health care services to the
Department for epidemiological and administrative use. The section develops and maintains
WISH, a Web-based interactive query system
providing local and statewide health information.
- The PHIN Coordinator/Informatics Architecture Section
focuses on integrating information contributed by the public health
community and its partners so that it can be appropriately and quickly
retrieved, analyzed,and shared. The
Public Health Information Network (PHIN) will support the entire spectrum of public health activities
in the state through disease detection and monitoring, data analysis, secure network
communications, emergency alert and response, and knowledge management.
- The Chief Medical Officer for the Office is responsible for helping define the use of clinical data
to promote the improvement of public health in Wisconsin. The OHI CMO works in conjunction with the other CMOs
within the Division of Public Health to focus the analytics and data needs from a clinical perspective.
The Office of Health Informatics has key relationships with other entities in the
Department, local health departments,
universities, health care providers, and federal public health agencies.
August 20, 2014