Maternal Death Data Frame (Department of Health and Human Services)

Adanya Lustig filed this request with the Department of Health and Human Services of New Hampshire.
Due Oct. 30, 2017
Est. Completion Nov. 3, 2017
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Adanya Lustig

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Hampshire "Access to Government Records and Meetings" Statute (RSA Ch. 91-A), I hereby request the following records:

The data record layout, data frame, or any equivalent data framework used by this agency to document maternal deaths. Materials responsive to this portion of this request should include reference to the data elements collected by this department and should not include any personal information. Please feel free to redact any personally-identifying information.

If any clarification is necessary, please feel free to call the MuckRock Office at 617-299-1832.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Adanya Lustig

From: Department of Health and Human Services

Dear Ms. Lustig,

Your 91-A request for public records described as the data record layout, data frame, or any equivalent data framework used [by NH DHHS] to document maternal deaths has been forwarded to me for response.

Your request is for "The data record layout, data frame, or any equivalent data framework used by this agency to document maternal deaths." As there is no public record responsive to your request, I am denying your request in part and seeking clarification.

By way of further information, the NH Division of Public Health Services gathers information relative to maternal deaths from three sources, hospitals, the NH Medical Examiner and from the Bureau of Vital Records. Information is gathered manually from hospitals and the Medical examiner. Data is gathered electronically from the vital records database. At this point I have not yet determined whether there exists a data record layout relative to vital records data that is responsive to your request. I anticipate I will have that information on or before November 3, 2017. Can you please clarify whether the data record layout (if any) for data exchange between the NH Division of Public Health and the Bureau of Vital Records is the public record you are seeking?

NH determines maternal deaths in accordance with NH RSA 132 (see attached link). Specifically, NH RSA 132:29 establishes the Maternal Mortality Review Panel. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/X/132/132-mrg.htm

In addition, I have attached the most recent report on maternal mortality in NH.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance and I look forward to you clarifying your request.
Regards,

Frank D. Nachman
Chief Legal Counsel
NH Department of Health and Human Services
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-9228

From: Adanya Lustig

Hi Frank,

Thanks for getting back to me! Yes, the the data record layout for data exchange between the NH Division of Public Health and the Bureau of Vital Records is what I'm looking for. Thank you!

Best,
Adanya

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