The Health Care Provider's Role in FIMR

As a health care provider, you may be contacted by the FIMR staff regarding access to medical records as part of the case review process. Health care providers, hospital administrators and medical records staff can pave the way for expedient and efficient data collection.

Sharing patient information to facilitate FIMR activities is within the guidelines of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) as a surveillance activity. It is further covered by Oklahoma State Statute 63 O.S. 1-1709.

Important Medicaid/SoonerCare Provider Benefits

Faith-based Organization's Role in FIMR

The faith community has a long tradition of caring for people who suffer in mind, body, and spirit. You have taken care of the sick, fed the hungry, and comforted the dying and their loved ones and led the way in seeking just and compassionate change in public policies. Your involvement in the effort to reduce infant mortality will continue that tradition and make a difference in the lives of those in need.

What you can do to help raise awareness:

  • Learn more about Infant Mortality
  • Raise awareness by talking about safe sleep environments
  • Join with other community groups working on maternal and child health issues

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Law Enforcement's Role in FIMR

FIMR is able to collect information regarding infant deaths through family interviews, death certificates, emergency medical service records, autopsy reports, medical records, and law enforcement records. The more information and data gathered the more effective our efforts are in decreasing infant mortality.

Law enforcement holds an integral role in assisting FIMR through the use of the Centers for Disease Control's Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) form. Through the death scene investigation specific factors related to infant death are identified. The SUIDI form assists us to better understand the circumstances that contribute to unexplained deaths of infants.

The SUIDI form will not only serve as a guide to the investigation, but also assist the FIMR program in assessing ways to implement system changes that may effectively reduce the number of infant deaths.

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