Are you getting death information on your residents who died out-of-state?

  • 1.  Are you getting death information on your residents who died out-of-state?

    Posted 08-24-2020 14:31

    I ask this because Minnesota used to get data on Minnesotans who died in another state – through 2016. At that time, another look was taken at the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) InterJurisdictional Exchange (IJE) Agreement, and the cancer registry stopped receiving those reports. In 2016 we received approximately 450 out-of-state deaths; in 2017 we received zero, not even from our neighboring states. Several other units in the Minnesota Department of Health have also stopped receiving information on Minnesotans who died out-of-state, and they are asking me if this true for other statewide cancer registries.


    A new system (v. 2.0) for vital records jurisdictions to exchange their vital records was released sometime after 2016 (I can't find the exact date), called the State and Territorial Exchange of Vital Events (STEVE) system. STEVE 2.0 provides secure, encrypted transfer of vital records among states, according to the permissions the originating state has set up in its STEVE client. Only 25 states, DC, and New York City have given permission for their death data to be shared with other jurisdictions' cancer registries.


    So I ask, "Which registry do you represent, and are you receiving all the death records you expect to receive for residents of your state who died in another U.S. jurisdiction?" I would really appreciate a reply sent to Thank you very much!


    Sally Bushhouse, DVM, MPH, PhD

    Epidemiologist Principal | Minnesota Cancer Reporting System &

                                                        Injury & Violence Prevention Section

    Minnesota Department of Health

    Office: 651-201-5374  |  Fax: 651-201-5926

    USPS: 85 E. 7th Place

              P.O. Box 64882

              St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

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                  St. Paul, MN 55101