situational awareness and surveillance, including rapid availability of vital records data and, ideally, marked decreases in the time lags to issuance of birth and death data. This development would also have a variety of beneficial spillover effects for the general study of health information. Hunter concurred in the usefulness of pandemic influenza as an initial study and development area; he said that the pandemic funding stream is another opportunity to build on the state electronic registration systems and to try to advance their timeliness.

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