OPQC and ODH-Vital Statistics are pleased to offer a series of educational opportunities to all OB clinicians and birth registry staff who are responsible for IPHIS data entry.

Through online modules, virtual office hours, and regional workshops, you can have monthly updates in correctly abstracting perinatal data for the birth registry, learning the most common IPHIS errors in Ohio, and correcting these errors consistently.  Very importantly, you will find a place to network with your colleagues in the state who struggle to correct some of the same system issues. Facilitators will cover topics such as plurality documentation, pinpointing geographical accuracy, payment source documentation, and how key variables are related to other variables when measuring newborn outcomes in Ohio.

These trainings are important for maintaining the integrity of birth registry data, which the state uses to track important public health indicators such as preterm birth, low birth weight, and breastfeeding upon discharge. Accurate birth registry data help inform policy and programs throughout the state and improve outcomes for all Ohio moms and babies. 




Intended Audience


Online Modules:

Five (5) online modules which describe the use of the Integrated Perinatal Health Information System (IPHIS) as the essential perinatal database in Ohio

Module 1: Why is the birth certificate important to the healthcare of women and newborn infants?

Module 2: What are the variables in the Ohio birth certificate and what do they mean?

Module 3: Where are select birth certificate variables found in the patient’s medical record?

Module 4: How can I know if I have accurately entered data into IPHIS?

Module 5: How can I improve the data entry processes at my hospital?


  • OB clinicians
  • OB nurse managers
  • IPHIS data abstractors
  • IPHIS data entry staff
  • QI coordinators


*OPQC and ODH-Vital Statistics strongly recommend completion of these modules prior to attendance at other IPHIS educational offerings


Available any time at:


Virtual Office Hours

February:  The "Baker's Dozen" or the 13 key IPHIS variables


March: Accurately locating IPHIS variables in the medical record


April: Accurately recording IPHIS variable:  Assistive Reproductive Technology (ART)  


May: IPHIS variable update:  Obstetric Estimate of Gestational Age

June: IPHIS Variables related to accurate documentation of Prematurity 

Anyone who is responsible for abstracting, entering, and interpreting IPHIS data


Friday, February 24, 2017

11:30 am (ET)


Friday, March 17, 2017

11:30 am (ET)


Friday, April 21, 2017

11:30 am (ET)


Friday, May 19, 2017

11:30 am (ET)


Friday, June 23, 2017

11:30 am

In-Person Regional Workshops

TBD - More details will be available in the coming months!

  • OB clinicians
  • OB nurse managers
  • QI coordinators
  • Birth registry data abstractors



Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in Canton, OH

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in Columbus, OH

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Toledo, OH

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Athens, OH

More details to come regarding registration for the workshops


These opportunities are meant to complement one another. OPQC recommends that you view the online modules, join interested virtual office hours, and attend your region’s workshop. OPQC has also created flyers about the Virtual Office Hours for distribution in your institution. More information about Birth Registry Accuracy is available on our website. Please contact OPQC at if you have any questions, and we look forward to meeting you during our virtual office hours and regional workshops.