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Focus on Long-Term Good Health with Free Immunization Capability Testing

By two years of age, over 20% of the children in the U.S. have typically seen more than one healthcare provider, resulting in scattered medical records, according to the CDC.

Three organizations working together - CNI Advantage, HIMSS and ICSA Labs, now invite health IT vendors to test their immunization-capable products in the Immunization Integration Program [IIP] supported by CDC. Participation is free of charge.

“Immunization records are a vital component of a child’s digital medical record and belong in health IT systems used by healthcare providers across the country,” said Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, vice president, informatics, HIMSS North America. “The decisions made now to integrate immunization records with health IT systems will help saves lives and improve health for many generations. This testing and recognition program is an important step toward achieving this outcome.”

Vendors who participate in this program will demonstrate that their product includes software capabilities that address provider and patient reminders and up-to-date demographics and immunization information. This program helps clinicians and immunization providers improve immunization rates, thus contributing to

  • better health outcomes,
  • reduction in healthcare costs, and
  • higher levels of clinician productivity.

Testing also covers workflows focused on real-life scenarios, which clinicians and other stakeholders developed using specific immunization-related capabilities that have been tested and are available for review.

Organizations fulfilling the IIP testing requirements, as identified in the program guidelines, qualify for recognition in related IPP materials, on the HIMSS website, and through media and social media outreach.

Apply today to participate in the Immunization Integration Program supported by CDC.  

Contact IIPhelp@himss.org with questions.

Learn more – review general program information.

HIMSS17 Special Sessions on the Immunization Integration Program

Enabling Healthier Populations through the Immunization Integration Program

Tuesday, February 21
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Interoperability Showcase Theater [OCCC, Tangerine Ballroom]

Dialogue with the experts: CDC, Project team [HIMSS/ICSA Labs] and Technical Advisory Panel members

IIP Stakeholder Meeting for Non-profit Partners

Wednesday, February 22 8:15-9 a.m.

Strategic Relations Room [OCCC, W235]

Informal gathering targeting HIMSS non-profit partners to help raise awareness of the program and spread the word to their constituents. Coffee and pastries provided.

IIP HIMSS Spot Meet-up

Wednesday, February 22 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

HIMSS Spot Coffee Bar [OCCC]

Informal opportunity for interested vendors to learn more about the program and understand what 'testing' entails; more technical in nature

IIP Informational Breakfast

Thursday, February 23 7-8 a.m.

Government Relations Room [OCCC, W310B Level 3]

Informal opportunity to meet with interested stakeholders to learn more about the program. Coffee and breakfast provided.

About HIMSS North America

HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 64,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & ExhibitionNational Health IT WeekHIMSS Innovation CenterHIMSS Interoperability Showcases™, HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™. 

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions.  HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS.  A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia.

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