HIMSS Immunization Integration Program

Immunization Leads to Better Health Outcomes, Reduced Costs and Higher Productivity

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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 electronic health records (EHRs) and immunization information systems (IIS) plays a key role in helping clinicians manage an immunization program and administer vaccines while improving public health.

The Immunization Integration Program (IIP) brings together IIS, EHRs, health information exchanges (HIEs), clinicians, and other key partners as well as state, federal, and local public health agencies to improve interoperability, information sharing and management. Driven by HIMSS, the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) and the Drummond Group , IIP is under a multi-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)   and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).

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 EHR interoperability. The two strategies to accomplish this purpose 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.
  2. The Collaborative, which brings IIS, EHRs, HIEs, clinicians, and other critical partners as well as state, federal, and local public health agencies together to develop and drive the adoption of solutions to improve interoperability as well as access to and the sharing of information.

 

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Benefits to Participating

The success of the IIP is as strong as its partnerships. Assuring the right immunization for the right patient at the right time relies on an immunization program with many moving parts which are influenced by human interactions, technical capabilities, local workflow as well as policy and regulation. The IIP provides a forum where participants can share their experiences, expertise and challenges. Participants collaborate to discuss issues and share solutions.

 

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 recommendations and Collaborative activities.

EHRs

Involvement in the IIP will improve information sharing between EHRs and IIS through further standardization – 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 improve the ability of HIEs to provide valuable member and participant services including to healthcare providers, EHRs, and IIS.

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 Vendors

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.

IIP Executive Committee

The IIP is led by an executive committee comprised of leaders representing IIS, EHRs, HIEs and clinicians, as well as state, federal, and local public health agencies in addition to other key partners.

Co-Chairs

David McCormick, Indiana State Department of Health
Stuart T. Weinberg, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Members

Lisa Bari, MBA, MPH, Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative
Sarah Corley, MD, MITRE
Tiffany Dent, MPH, STChealth
Kristin Glaza, Cerner
Kim Gulliver, MA, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Susan J. Kressly, MD, Office Practicum
Donna Mazyck, MS, RN, National Association of School Nurses
Steve Murchie, MBA, Envision
Craig Newman, Altarum
Amit Popat, Epic
Katie Reed, MPA, Gainwell Technologies
Danny Wise, Practice Fusion

Ex-Officio Members

Kafayat Adeniyi, MPH, CDC
Daniel Chaput, HHS/ONC
Kimberly Martin, ASTHO
Christine E. Miner, CDC
Stuart Myerburg, JD, CDC
Priyanka Surio, ASTHO


IIP Technical Council

The IIP Technical Council (TC) is a diverse group that advances the efforts of the IIP, including the Collaborative and the Testing & Recognition initiative, emphasizing technical guidance and recommendations to enable effective immunization-related software testing and interoperability solutions.

The Council is composed of experts and leaders who bring real-world experience in implementation, interoperability, conformance testing, standards, and software development while representing IIS, EHRs, HIEs, clinicians, state, federal and local public health agencies and other key partners.

Chair

Shaun Grannis, MD, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Members

Noam Arzt, PhD, HLN Consulting
Kevin Brimer, Cerner
Cheryl Lee Eberting, MD, AZOVA
Kristin Glaza, Cerner
Terrie Hamlin, RN, Professional Software for Nurses, Inc.
Joe Kelly, STChealth
Susan J. Kressly, MD, Office Practicum
Eric Larson, American Immunization Registry Association
Becky Learn, Indiana Health Information Exchange
Jon Reid, MBA, Utah Department of Health
Ron Shapiro, Qvera
Stuart T. Weinberg, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Get Involved

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

Upcoming Events

Learn how the Immunization Integration Program (IIP) is advancing immunization interoperability at HIMSS21 through general education sessions, dynamic panel discussions and other unique opportunities!

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Partners

HIMSS
AIRA
Drummond Group
CDC