Immunization Integration Program

Your Gateway to Immunization Interoperability

Select Block Reference (Programmatic)

Globally, vaccines save an estimated 2–3 million lives every year. Being up to date on vaccinations leads to overall better health outcomes, higher levels of productivity and lower healthcare costs. Interoperability between health IT and immunization information systems (IIS) plays a key role in helping immunization administrators effectively manage immunization programs, deliver vaccines and improve public health.

The Immunization Integration Program (IIP) brings together key collaborators like IIS, EHRs, other health IT, health information exchanges (HIEs), clinicians, public health, and other critical partner groups to improve immunization interoperability, information sharing and management. The IIP is a partnership between HIMSS, the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) and Drummond Group, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The IIP is also supported by several consultants who lend their expertise to the program’s overall success.

The purpose of the IIP effort is to increase the quality and usage of immunization data through cross-sector collaboration, measurement, and technical support to improve IIS and health IT interoperability. The two core components of the program include:

  1. The Testing and Recognition initiative, which facilitates the adoption of high priority immunization-related capabilities within EHRs and other clinical software to improve clinical decision-making and information sharing with IIS. Learn how to apply for immunization-centric vendor product testing.
  2. The Collaborative, which brings IIS, EHRs and other health IT, HIEs, clinicians, public health and other critical partners together to develop and drive the adoption of solutions to improve immunization interoperability and data exchange. Learn about current priorities and solutions  ready for adoption.

 

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Benefits to Participating

The success of the IIP is tied to its ability to prepare technologies for the real world, tackle challenges head on and leverage the resources available. Providing the right immunization for the right patient at the right time relies on a robust immunization program influenced by human interactions, technical capabilities, local workflow, policy and regulation. The IIP provides a forum where participants can share their experiences, expertise and challenges. Participants collaborate to discuss issues, offer perspectives and share solutions. The IIP’s key collaborators are described below. Additional groups are welcome at the table.

 

Clinicians

Provide the right immunization for the right patient at the right time through improved EHR capabilities facilitated by IIP's Testing and Recognition initiative and Collaborative activities.

Health IT Developers

Involvement in the IIP will improve communication between health IT (e.g., EHRs) and IIS by sharing best practices, common challenges, standards implementation strategies and best practices – thereby reducing development burden associated with onboarding, interoperability, and information sharing. As a convener for these two groups, the IIP creates a necessary space for collaboration.

HIEs

The IIP will help increase awareness of the important role HIEs can play in immunization interoperability and improve the ability of HIEs to provide valuable member and participant services to a variety of stakeholders such as healthcare providers, EHRs and IIS.

Public Health IIS Managers and Immunization Program Managers

Amplify the impact, participation, and coverage of immunization programs by tackling issues that will improve CDC goals of improved data quality and EHR-IIS interoperability through IIP participation.

IIS Technology Partners

The IIP seats you at the table with immunization partners to work together to understand challenges, prioritize enhancements and learn about strategies from CDC that may impact your development lifecycle.

Participate

Learn more about becoming a pilot site, early adopter, or workgroup participant and how the IIP is improving immunization interoperability, information sharing and management by sending an email to iip@himss.org.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for the IIP’s latest upcoming events!

 

Partners

HIMSS
AIRA
Drummond Group
CDC