Original ArticlesAssessing What Child Health Information Systems Should Be Integrated The Michigan ExperienceHoyle, Therese BS; Swanson, Robert MPHAuthor Information Michigan Childhood Immunization Registry Coordinator, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing (Hoyle) Immunization Program Manager, Michigan Department of Community Health, Lansing (Swanson) Corresponding author: Robert Swanson, MPH, Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Immunization, 3423 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Lansing, MI 48909. (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: November 2004 - Volume 10 - Issue - p S66-S71 Buy AbstractIn Brief This project examined which child health data would be appropriate and useful to integrate with an existing real-time Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) application, such as the Michigan Childhood Immunization Registry. A consultant was secured to conduct data gathering analysis activities. An advisory committee of MDCH Administrators convened to guide the project. Interviews were conducted with MDCH administrators, program managers and representatives from the public and private health care provider community. These interviews focused on answering three main questions: (1) What MDCH data resources do you currently use? (2) How do you use and access these data? and (3) What is your vision for expanding, enhancing, and linking these data to meet Michigan's future health goals? Acceptance of the Michigan Childhood Immunization Registry by the pediatric and family practice community demonstrates the utility of providing more information electronically to the medical community in Michigan. The MDCH has completed a stakeholders analysis and is moving forward with requirements gathering sessions in order to create an integrated child health data system. The integrated child health data system will include data from immunizations, newborn screening, newborn hearing, lead, the Women, Infants, and Children program, and Medicaid. The project described in this article examined which child health data would be appropriate and useful to integrate with an existing real-time Michigan Department of Community Health application, such as the Michigan Childhood Immunization Registry. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.