The value of cause of death data

Medical certification of cause of death

Coding causes of death to statistical categories
The International Classification of Diseases

Cause of death: where there is no physician
Verbal autopsy diagnostic algorithms

Automated verbal autopsy
What is automated verbal autopsy and how does it differ from medical certification of cause of death?

Incorporating verbal autopsy into the civil registration and vital statistics system

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Automated verbal autopsy

Emerging challenges in IT for verbal autopsy

Despite the advances in the tools for automated VA, the available software for VA data collection, data processing and data storage remain as individual tools. Additionally, these tools are available only in formats that do not allow for automation and easy use in routine CRVS processes. Work is underway to develop a single tool called ‘openVA pipeline’ for VA data processing, analysis, storage and reporting (see diagram). The openVA pipeline will seamlessly integrate with ODK Aggregate and DHIS2. DHIS2 is a web-based open-source information system with visualisation features.

 The development of the openVA pipeline will also include the development of a DHIS2 module to store VA data. The openVA pipeline will be open source and it will be able to integrate with other health information systems as necessary. 

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