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    New program aims to streamline vaccine reporting, administration

    Adults in the United States don't always get all the vaccinations they need, but it can be difficult for primary care physicians to track what shots a patient needs and when.Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RB-BC

    A new program developed with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to put vaccination data front and center in electronic health records (EHRs) to help clinicians in multiple ways.

    Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, , vice president of informatics at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) North America, said the its Immunization Integration Program (IIP) is an alternative testing and recognition program for EHRs and has the potential to improve vaccination rates and clinician workflow.

    "The IIP both tests and recognizes EHRs and other clinical software that demonstrate a core set of immunization-related capabilities that were developed based on clinical workflow and usability principles," Sensmeier told Medical Economics. "The IIP is not a reporting system; rather, it is a program that advances the integration of immunization-capabilities within software through testing and recognition."

    The IIP was developed as a collaborative effort between HIMSS, ICSA Labs and Chickasaw Health Consulting with CDC support.

    Next: How the program works

     

    Rachael Zimlich, RN
    Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare ...

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