Immunization Integration Program

Now Approved - IIP Testing Method for Health IT Certification Program

The Immunization Integration Program (IIP) earned approval from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) as an alternative testing method for the Health IT Certification program. ONC announced the approval in its Oct. 17, 2017, Health IT Buzz blog post, noting that HIMSS “has successfully demonstrated that its testing method, as part of the Immunization Integration Program (IIP), can serve as an alternative to the current National Coordinator-approved method for testing transmissions to immunization registries.

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Immunization leads to better health outcomes, reduced costs and higher clinician productivity

Globally, vaccination saves 2 to 3 million lives per year.  Immunizations can protect a child born in the U.S. today against 17 serious diseases and conditions (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010 National Vaccine Plan). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to define and increase the level of adoption of immunization-related capabilities within EHRs and other clinical software; improve immunization rates; increase knowledge and acceptance of immunizations among patients and caregivers; and improve the tracking and safety of vaccines.

Supported by CDC, the Immunization Integration Program (IIP) is a collaborative effort of HIMSS, Drummond Group and Chickasaw Health Consulting, LLC, to use electronic health records (EHRs) and other clinical software to improve U.S. immunization rates, which are linked to better health outcomes, reduced healthcare costs, and higher clinician productivity.

The IIP takes immunization workflow mainstream

Integrating immunization-related capabilities within EHRs and other types of clinical software will:

  • make it easier for clinicians to administer appropriate vaccines effectively and efficiently
  • increase knowledge and acceptance of vaccines among patients and their caregivers
  • improve vaccine tracking and safety
  • make it easier to gain access to immunization histories
  • improve U.S. vaccination rates

The IIP takes immunization workflow mainstream, streamlining and improving the overall vaccine administration and acceptance process by making reporting and other administrative tasks less burdensome for healthcare professionals.

The IIP provides value to clinicians and other immunization providers, clinical software developers, the immunization information systems (IIS) community, and incentive providers wishing to align payments more accurately with improved outcomes.

Stay ahead of the curve – build immunization-related capabilities into your clinical software through the IIP.