New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to rapidly report cause of death records to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a mobile app, enabling physicians to upload vital statistics data twice daily, versus a month-long lag time for states in which data is sent in manually.

“There’s no value if the data is two weeks or a month old,” says Stephen Wurtz, New Hampshire’s state registrar and director of the Division of Vital Records Administration. “It takes less than two days from the time of death to the time the record is filed completely, and that includes notification to CDC.”

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