Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation, in partnership with maternal mortality review committees, the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA or “Maria”) serves two purposes. First, it provides a repository for the medical and social information needed for maternal mortality review committee (MMRC) case review. Second, MMRIA provides standardized data that can be used for surveillance, monitoring, and research on maternal mortality. MMRIA provides a common language that helps MMRCs collaborate in case review and analysis.
MMRIA is a multi-user data entry system designed to flow like a case review. MMRIA’s abstraction forms and tools help MMRC members understand the story of a woman’s life and the events leading to her death. Devised to accommodate the scope of work and processes of MMRCs, the system supports abstraction and captures committee decisions. MMRIA provides access to semi-automated case narrative templates from which committee members can print easy-to-read case narrative details. Lastly, through the geocoding of addresses, MMRIA captures socio-spatial information to expand case discussions and analyses. MMRIA User Guide V 2.1 is the second and most recent iteration of the MMRIA tool.