A registry is an organized system for the secure collection, storage, retrieval and analysis of health information for a defined patient population. It is usually focused around a specific disease or health event. Disease registries, like the Vermont Cancer Registry, provide insights about the incidence and prevalence of a specific disease and help examine trends over time. Health Event Registries, like the Vermont Immunization Registry, combine health event information from different sources into a single record to provide a consolidated record–even when individuals have received services from different providers.
We use information from registries to improve health services, inform health outreach programs, allocate health resources and engage partners in the public health community toward the larger goal of improving the health of all Vermonters.
Strict privacy requirements including the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Vermont state law govern access to health registries and use of registry data. Health Department Registries are operated or hosted on secure hardware and software in accordance with industry standards for protected health information, including standards for security/encryption, uptime and disaster recovery.