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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Medical Examiner/Coroner Information Sharing Program (MecISP)

NCJ Number
172060
Journal
Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 42 Issue: 3 Dated: (May 1997) Pages: 531-532
Author(s)
R Hanzlick
Date Published
1997
Length
2 pages
Annotation
This article describes the purposes and operations of the Centers for Disease and Prevention's Medical Examiner and Coroner Information Sharing Program (MecISP), which was established in 1986.
Abstract
MecISP has four primary goals: to improve the quality of death investigations in the United States and to promote more standardized practices concerning when and how to conduct these investigations; to facilitate communication among death investigators, the public health community, Federal agencies, and other interested groups; to improve the quality, completeness, management, and dissemination of information regarding investigated deaths; and to promote the sharing and use of medical examiner/coroner death investigation data. Major MecISP projects have included periodic production of a directory of death investigators in the United States and Canada, creation of standard and generic death investigation report forms, development of death investigation data sets, and collection of death investigation data from medical examiner/coroner offices. MecISP also conducts site visits to assist in office computerization, supports educational meetings and the development of training materials for death investigations, contributes publications to the death investigation literature, conducts surveillance of selected types of deaths, and responds to specific inquiries from medical examiners and coroners about administrative and practical death investigation issues. 10 references