Using Electronic Death Registration Systems (EDRS) to Conduct “Real-Time” Disaster Mortality Surveillance – International Society for Disease Surveillance


Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT 


ISDS Public Health Practice Committee


This seminar will share how states are using existing Electronic Death Registration Systems (ERDS) for active surveillance and EDRS’ role in mass fatality planning. CDC will present an a conceptual framework to leverage EDRS and other available databases to develop an electronic national disaster mortality surveillance system.

Speakers and Topics

Introduction and Overview

Speaker: Ann Madsen, PhD, MPH, Director, Office of Vital Statistics, Bureau of Vital Statistics, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Impact of EDRS During a Crisis Response – F5 Tornados in Oklahoma 2013. 

Speaker: Kelly Baker, MPH, Director for the Center for Health Statistics, Oklahoma State Department of Health

Tracking Deaths in “Real-Time” during Sandy: Lessons Learned, New York City. 

Speaker: Renata Howland, MPH, CSTE/CDC Applied Epidemiology Fellow, Bureau of Vital Statistics, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Missing in Action – Where are EDRS in State’s Mass Fatality Management Planning? 

Speaker: Cathy Molchan Donald, MBA, Chair, Mass Fatality Committee, National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information System (NAPHSIS) and State Registrar and Director, Alabama Center for Health Statistics

Is a National Active Disaster Mortality Surveillance possible? 

Speaker: Rebecca S. Noe, MN MPH FNP-BC, Staff epidemiologist, NCEH Disaster Epidemiology Response Team

Learning Objectives

After completing the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of well-constructed data exchange agreements to building partnerships that can stand the test of time;
  2. Identify key provisions of a typical data exchange agreement and the purpose for each;
  3. Describe the differences between privacy, confidentiality and security.

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Ann and Kelly – Renata – Cathy – Rebecca 


Using Electronic Death Registration Systems (EDRS) to Conduct “Real-Time” Disaster Mortality Surveillance from ISDS on Vimeo.

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