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HIMSS Immunization Integration Program

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

Each year, 2–3 million lives are saved globally by vaccinations. Research shows that being up-to-date on vaccinations leads to better health outcomes, higher levels of productivity and lower healthcare costs. Electronic health records (EHRs) and interoperability between EHRs and immunization information systems (IISs) play a key role in helping clinicians manage and administer vaccines and improving public health.

The Immunization Integration Program (IIP), implemented by HIMSS, the Drummond Group, and the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) under a multi-year cooperative agreement  with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), brings together clinicians, EHR developers, IISs, public health, health information exchanges (HIEs) and other key stakeholders to improve interoperability, information sharing and management.

The purpose of the project is to increase immunization data quality and data use through collaboration, measurement, and technical support to improve IIS and Electronic Health Records (EHR) interoperability.

The IIP achieves its goals in two primary ways:

1. IIP 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 IISs

2. IIP Collaborative, which brings EHRs, IISs, HIEs and clinicians together to develop and drive the adoption of solutions to improve interoperability, information sharing, and access to information by clinicians and public health