Data used to categorize individuals for identification, records matching, and other purposes.

Data Element

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Patient Vital Status
Patient vital status of alive/dead.


Unified Comment from CDC

  • Additional Use Case: Information about a patient's vital status (alive/dead) is collected as part of CDC's routine nationally notifiable disease surveillance for HIV, STDs, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis. This information is used for local case management purpose in prioritizing outreach and follow-up to new cases. For public health purposes, information is collected to specifically identify patients who died from HIV, TB or viral hepatitis as death caused by one of these conditions indicates a challenges within the healthcare system to link patients to appropriate care in a timely fashion.  
  • Estimate number of stakeholders who capture, access, use or exchange this data element: All US States and DC are funded through CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention, Division of TB Elimination, Division of STD Prevention, and Division of Viral Hepatitis flagship Notice of Funding Actions to perform surveillance activities, including collection of these data for surveillance purposes.  
  • Healthcare Aims: Improving patient experience of care, Improving health of populations, Reducing cost of care, Improving provider experience of care  
  • Use of data element: Extensively used in production environments

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