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Number Fetal Deaths This Delivery
The number of fetal deaths in this delivery.


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Support for this element is submitted on behalf of MedMorph project which includes relevant specifications and supporting artifacts. We propose a new Delivery and Pregnancy Information class where data elements like The Number of Fetal Deaths this Delivery may be captured. Annually there are approximately 3.7 million births in the United States. It is important to note that 57 jurisdictions are required to report data elements like the Number of Fetal Deaths for to local and nationally reporting.  Consumption of these types of data are widespread and every jurisdiction in the country captures birth certification information. Accurate pregnancy information is important to improve outcomes and is a research and public health imperative.  Among other things this type of delivery and pregnancy Information provide key birth and fetal death statistics that identify public health trends on fertility rates, when prenatal care was initiated, and percent of newborns born preterm. Additionally, given the current pandemic real time birth and fetal death reporting for public health is paramount in assessing the medical care for both expectant mothers and newborns. While the proposed data class ‘Observation’ can capture data elements such as the Number of Fetal Deaths for the specified delivery it is important to recognize that birth, fetal death and delivery events are information that may be captured within specific areas of a healthcare system such as labor and delivery summaries and prenatal care records. To help lessen the burden of implementations and queries of these events we propose a new Delivery and Pregnancy Information class where data elements like the Number of Fetal Deaths this Delivery may be appropriately captured. Additional relevant specification for this data element includes HL7 and IHE standards listed below. HL7 Version 2.6 Implementation Guide: Vital Records Birth and Fetal Death Reporting, Release 1 STU Release 2 - US Realm: IHE Quality, Research and Public Health Technical Framework Supplement – Birth and Fetal Death Reporting-Enhanced (BFDR-E) Revision 3.1: The use of the Number of fetal death this delivery data element includes widespread use, required to be reported nationally and is routinely collected on EHR/HIT systems. Below lists examples of artifacts of where this data element is collected. Facility worksheet information: EPIC stork module (obstetrics) for birth reporting: EPIC FHIR APIs for patient, vitals, obstetric details: BFDR-E in ISA: IHE Connectathon integration profiles for BFDR-E (2013 - 2020) HL7 FHIR Connectathon results (Sept 2020): birth and fetal death reporting results testing between electronic birth registration system vendors (FHIR) NACCHO 360X Interoperability Demonstrations for Birth and Fetal Death reporting 2020 between NextGen and two state electronic birth registrations system vendors using FHIR. HIMSS Interoperability showcase (2018 – 2019)

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