West Virginia DHHR Still Seeking Suppliers for Electronic Death Reporting System | VM News

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CHARLESTON, Va. (WV News) – State officials are still in the process of finding a supplier to provide an electronic death reporting system to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Ayne Amjad said Monday , head of state health. .

The state has started looking at different systems, but has yet to choose one, Amjad said.

“We’re looking at something that can be implemented fairly quickly. Electronic registration systems can do a lot of things – they can do marriage certificates, birth certificates, death certificates and they have different cloud-based systems, ”she said. “We have evaluated a handful of suppliers at this time. “

Some of the vendors have given six to nine months a delay before a system can be fully operational, Amjad said.

“We are evaluating several things on paper at the moment. We actually have demos with two or three so far, ”she said.

“We are in the process of evaluating a handful right now, to see which we can do a ‘lean formula’ to implement death registration only, then add other modules that say ‘marriage’ or others later because we want to make the death certificate as quickly as possible.

West Virginia is one of the only states that does not have an electronic death reporting system, according to Justice.

“We probably didn’t need that in West Virginia, at least we didn’t think so, until we found ourselves in this situation,” he said. “But once we found ourselves in this situation, our employees at DHHR should have recognized this problem and moved. They haven’t moved, and I’m not happy with that.

The reporting system will be used to report all deaths that have occurred in West Virginia, regardless of the cause, Amjad said.

“It would be all the deaths in the state. We’ll have to set up a statewide electronic system to report all deaths and then of course you’ll have to code for COVID-19, ”she said.

Justice expressed doubts about the DHHR’s ability to successfully implement such a system, saying it had asked the West Virginia National Guard to help the agency.

“From an information and technology perspective and everything, DHHR, like a lot of things in government, has lived in the dark ages and is moving way too slowly,” he said. “That’s why we’re bringing in the Guard, and we’re going to sort it out and fix it and get it right.”

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