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Immunization Integration Program Collaborative

Overview

Convened by HIMSS, the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA), and Chickasaw Health Consulting, LLC (CHC) under a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Immunization Integration Program (IIP) Collaborative engages stakeholders and experts to identify common challenges and drive the development and adoption of solutions that enable both clinicians and IISs to have timely access to complete and accurate immunization data, to not only improve clinical decision-making but also increase vaccination coverage and reduce vaccine-preventable disease.

The IIP Collaborative is led by an Executive Committee comprised of leaders representing clinicians, EHR developers, IISs, public health and other key stakeholders.

Approach

The IIP Collaborative uses the following approach to achieve its goals:

  1. Strengthens relationships among clinicians, health IT developers and IISs
  2. Identifies and prioritizes issues associated with interoperability, information sharing and immunization management
  3. Develops consensus on recommended solutions to prioritized issues
  4. Communicates and raises awareness of solutions and their benefits
  5. Drives the adoption of recommended solutions
 

2020 Priorities

In February 2020, the Immunization Integration Program Collaborative, comprised of leaders representing clinicians, electronic health record (EHR) developers, immunization information systems (IISs), public health, and other key stakeholders, identified its top priorities for action in 2020 to improve immunization interoperability, information sharing, and management.

Convened by HIMSS, the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA), and Chickasaw Health Consulting, LLC (CHC) under a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Collaborative engages stakeholders and experts to identify common challenges and drive the development and adoption of solutions that enable both clinicians and IISs to have timely access to complete and accurate immunization data, to not only improve clinical decision-making, but also increase vaccination coverage and reduce vaccine-preventable disease.

During its meeting in February, the Collaborative Executive Committee—co-chaired by David McCormick, Director of the Immunization Division at the Indiana State Department of Health and Stuart Weinberg, MD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center—after careful consideration of more than 30 issues, selected four initial areas of focus for 2020. They include:

  • Addressing variability in the handling of acknowledgement messages among EHRs, IISs and clinicians to improve the quality of immunization information used for decision-making
  • Helping to address challenges associated with multiple patients being identified by IISs in response to queries from clinicians through their EHR systems
  • Promoting standardization in transport methods across EHRs and IISs
  • Improving patient identification and matching to support immunization information sharing and management

For a print-ready version of the IIP Collaborative’s announcement of its 2020 priorities, click here.

Executive Committee

Co-Chairs

David McCormick, Indiana State Department of Health

Stuart Weinberg, MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Members

Geoff Caplea, MBA, MD, Allscripts

Sarah Corley, MD, ACP/MITRE

Tiffany Dent, MPH, Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC)

Kristin Glaza, Cerner; TAP

Melissa Kotrys, MPH, SHIEC/HIMSS/Healthcurrent

Susan J. Kressly, MD, Kressly Pediatrics

Kimberly Martin, MAT, BSN, RN and Priyanka Surio, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Theresa Meadows, MS, RN, CHCIO, FHIMSS, Cook Children’s Hospital

Amy Metroka, DrPH, MSW, New York City CIR

Steve Murchie, MBA, Envision

Miriam Muscoplat, MPH, Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC), Minnesota Department of Health

Craig Newman, Altarum

Amit Popat, Katie Schwarz and Ted Stamp, Epic

Katie Reed, MPA, DXC

Heather Roth, MA, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Melissa Stockwell, MD MPH, American Academy of Pediatrics/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Lisa Krams, American Academy of Pediatrics

Ex-Officio Members

Lynn Gibbs-Scharf, MPH, CDC

Kafayat Adeniyi, MPH, CDC

James B. Daniel, MPH, HHS/CTO

 

 

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