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Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics data brief

Public Health Informatics collects, maintains, and analyzes a wide spectrum of information and data in order to provide reliable statistics to program managers, policy makers, health departments, and the public. These data represent the basis for agency programs to improve birth outcomes, decrease infant mortality, identify mortality trends, decrease the spread of infectious diseases, and support community health assessment.

The Office of Vital Statistics records births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, and divorces occurring in the state. It makes certified copies of those records available to legally entitled individuals.

The Vital Statistics Data Analysis Section collects, analyzes, or reports on variety of health and vital statistics data for KDHE. These datasets include birth, death, marriage, marriage dissolution, abortion, stillbirth, Medicaid, hospital discharge, and syndromic surveillance. Among its publications are the Annual Summary of Vital Statistics, Selected Statistics on Infant Mortality and Stillbirth, Teen and Adolescent Pregnancy and Adequacy of Prenatal Care. The section publishes Kansas Health Statistics Reports, abortion reports, data briefs, and research summaries on vital and health statistics topics. The Vital Statistics Data Analysis section maintains the data query portal, Kansas Information for Communities.  It also provides statistics for the Kansas Health Matters website. Section staff also provide support and technical assistance to local health departments and hospitals needing assistance on data and statistics required for community health needs assessment.

Kansas Information for Communities (KIC) enables users to create their own statistics on birth, death, pregnancy, cancer, hospital discharge, and population.  These modules supports health assessment activities by allowing communities to focus in on areas of concern.  KIC FastStats offers tabular statistics that is not available in the query tool. KIC FastStats products include selected annual vital statistics tables, legislative profiles, statistics on health professionals, and preventable hospitalizations.  FastStats also connects to other health statistics resources.

Vital Statistics Data Analysis also prepares Health Statistics and Resources for Kansasa compilation of information on sources of statistics, many at a Kansas county level, and resources communities might use for community health assessment and community health improvement planning. The section’s goal is to provide actionable information for community health decision making.

Healthcare-Associated Infections works to address an issue that is the source of complications for an estimated rated five to 10% of all hospital admissions. Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) remain a major cause of morbidity, mortality, and excess medical cost in the United States. The program is working to establish a state HAI surveillance, prevention, and control program.

Infectious Disease Data Services maintains the EpiTrax electronic disease surveillance system working with labs, physicians, and local health departments to record and track Kansas reportable disease cases.