Birth certificates provide a critical source of information on birth and birth outcomes and the health of mothers and babies. Hospital teams participating in the Birth Certificate Accuracy Initiative work to obtain at least 95% consistency between the birth certificate and the medical record on key birth certificate variables through audits of their medical records and birth certificate data and collaborative learning on best practices to timprove birh certificate accuracy for hospital teams.
The Birth Certificate Accuracy Initiative was a partnership between Illinois Department of Public Health and ILPQC with support from the Illinois Hospital Association. Hospital teams assessed and monitored the degree to which information in the medical record supports information on the birth certificate to reach at least 95% consistency between the birth certificate and the medical record on key birth certificate variables through audits of their medical records and birth certificate data. Targeted education of physicians, nurses, and birth certificate clerks to promote improvement was be provided as an integral part of the initiative.
Initiative Aim and Outcome
Aim: In partnership with IDPH and IHA, obtain at least 95% accuracy on 17 key birth certificate variables.
Outcome: At baseline (Aug-Oct 2014), the overall accuracy for all 17 key variables for all 107 participating hospitals was 87%. In December 2015, the overall accuracy was 97% for 92 hospital teams reporting data, a 10% increase.
Clinical Leadership Team
Dr. Ann Borders
ILPQC Executive Director and Obstetric Lead
St. John’s Perinatal Network Administrator
Final Birth Certificate Accuracy Initiative Call - February 29, 2016
Chart Audit Resources