Integrating Maternal and Child Health Data Systems

What happens when state health programs use separate data systems to serve the same population, such as mothers and children? State policymakers know that when those data systems do not “talk” to one another, states may waste resources on duplicative data entry and system maintenance; providers and state agencies may struggle to access information important to the health of mothers and children; and care may be uncoordinated or otherwise compromised.

Some states are tackling the data integration challenge head-on. In spring 2015, NASHP, in partnership with the Iowa Child and Family Policy Center, asked state officials in Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Utah–and a state contractor in Connecticut—to share their experiences integrating maternal and child health data systems.