Division of Public Health, Office of Health Informatics (OHI)

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.

Oskar Anderson, Director

1 W. Wilson, Room 118
Madison, WI 53701

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 Wis. Stat. ch. 69. Vital records data are critical to various state and federal agencies. These data establish identity for legal and administrative purposes, determine eligibility requirements, reduce potential fraud and provide population based evidence that identify health and social issues. Vital Records is responsible for the filing, registration, collection, preservation, amendment and certification of vital records, which include birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce, and termination of domestic partnership. Vital Records is responsible for application and infrastructure support of the Statewide Vital Records Information System (SVRIS). SVRIS is an automated, secure, web-based software application designed to process vital records from point of initial entry and certification through registration, certificate issuance and amendments. SVRIS currently supports approximately 2,300 users, and registers approximately 160,000 vital records events per year. This section also staffs the Data Management Support Unit, which facilitates data management initiatives across the Division of Public Health with a focus on improving data access. The DPH Data Resource Center (DRC) is available to help you navigate DPH data resources.
  • 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 population estimates. The section also provides data on health care providers and health care services to the Department of Health Services 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 other CMOs in 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.

Questions about the data? See a list of OHI data contacts by data source.

Last Revised: May 15, 2020